A new study shows reduced recidivism and improved educational outcomes for youth in the YouthBuild USA Offender Project, an incarcerated youth re-entry program funded by the U.S. Department of Labor at 30 local YouthBuild programs. The study also shows that every dollar spent on each YouthBuild ex-offender participant yields at least $10.80 and up to $42.90 in benefits to taxpayers and other investors in the program. Potential societal benefits of both improved graduation rates and reduced crime are estimated to range from at least $134,000 to as much as $536,000 per participant.
Source: The study by Mark A. Cohen of Vanderbilt University and Alex R. Piquero of University of Maryland, College Park. They analyzed data on 388 offenders from 2004 to 2007.