Cost-Effectiveness

posted by Dr. James G. Hood
Wednesday, June 16, 2010

MTFC is one of thirteen juvenile justice treatment programs evaluated for cost effectiveness by the Washington State Public Policy Group in the publications The Comparative Costs and Benefits of Programs to Reduce Crime (Aos, Phipps, Barnoski, & Lieb, 2001 and 1999: www.wa.gov/wsipp; document #01-05-1201). The purpose of the analysis was to report on the “bottom-line” economics of various crime reduction programs. In that analysis, MTFC had the largest effect size of any of the juvenile justice programs. The net benefits per participant were calculated in two ways:

1. To include only taxpayer benefits
2. To include both taxpayer and crime victim benefits

The report found that “Overall, taxpayers gain approximately $21,836 in subsequent criminal justice cost savings for each program participant. Adding the benefits that accrue to crime victims increases the expected net present value to $87,622 per participant, which is equivalent to a benefit-to-cost ratio of $43.70 for every dollar spent



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