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We are all paying the social and economic costs of a criminal justice system dependent on overcrowded and ineffective prisons. We need to explore alternative approaches to build a more humane and sustainable criminal justice system for England and Wales, one that tackles the root causes of crime and dramatically cuts re-offender rates.
- Locking up young people costs taxpayers millions - a single space at a Young Offender Institution costs about £100,000 per year.
- The long-term costs are even higher - children that have gone through prison are more likely to be unemployed, to live in poverty, have unstable living conditions and to re-offend in later life.
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Providing a prison bed in a Young Offender Institution costs about £100,000 per year. While these expenses are overwhelming, the results of Punishing Costs suggest that the long-term costs are even higher. Children that have gone through prison are more likely to be unemployed, to live in poverty and have unstable living conditions. They are also more likely to return to offending – making the overall reduction in crime created by prison very small.More