From our friends at D.C. Lawyers for Youth (DCLY):
DC Lawyers for Youth (DCLY) has launched a capital-wide campaign to reach out to kids, families, policymakers, practitioners and systems administrators to communicate the error in spending and judgement when it comes to juvenile justice.
DCLY asks whether it makes sense to spend tens of thousands on matriculating through the justice system or in the alternative successfully matriculating through school. It asks whether we should spend to lock kids up or invest to employ youths and families.
Community investment, responsible spending, and responding to youth early is the answer to making Washington, DC — and cities nationwide – stronger and safer.
Check out their infographic, which has relevance for urban areas across the U.S.: