Instead of Sending Kids to Jail, Send Their Families to Therapy
Families Rising has worked with 180 youths and their families. The numbers speak for themselves: Of the participants who completed treatment, 97 percent avoided a career-derailing criminal record and 92 percent avoided jail time. As Juleyka Lantigua-Williams observes at the Atlantic, the program’s $8,400 cost is a fraction of the $167,731 a year to house an inmate at Rikers Island.
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