“Reporters generally stink at math, yet they love numbers. The bigger the number, the more compelling the story becomes.
Here’s a number that scribes will hear at a juvenile-justice conference this week, sponsored by the Tow Foundation: It costs up to $90,000 to jail a youth for a year, and the re-offender rate is higher compared to cheaper intervention programs that stress staying in school and out of lockup.
The Tow Foundation, for a third year, is backing outreach to members of the media. Twenty-six journalists were handpicked to attend the ‘Children and the Law’ symposium June 13-14 in New York City. The symposium kicks of a year-long fellowship program for the purpose of ‘strengthening reporting on juvenile justice during the election year…'”
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