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Instead of Sending Kids to Jail, Send Their Families to Therapy

Crime doesn’t happen in isolation. It’s about networks, like the block you live on and the web of relationships you have.

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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