The U.S. Census reported that 1.6 million individuals under the age of 18 were arrested in 2010, a

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The U.S. Census reported that 1.6 million individuals under the age of 18 were arrested in 2010, a substantial increase from previous years (OJJDP, 2012; US Census Bureau, 2012). Of those individuals detained, over nine percent were convicted as juveniles and entered into a juvenile detention facility (Risler, 2009). Approximately 500,000 children are currently in the foster care system, while almost 300,000 have medical problems, have neurological impairs, and developmental delays (Earls, 2013). In addition, they were all exposed to some degree of critical abuse or neglect, leaving almost 80 percent of those children with serious emotional difficulties (Earls, 2013). As a result of various complications, emotional disturbances, and…show more content…
There is a financial burden on each county, where it costs approximately each province $125,000 a year for each juvenile detained, and the state $226 million (Heller de Leon & Teji, 2012). The state of California in itself contributes $25 billion each year to prevent, combat juvenile crimes, and delinquency (California Legislative Analyst’s Office, 2007). Each state correctional facility cost more than $180,000 due to the increased staff ratios and plans required to maintain the correctional facilities (California Legislative Analyst’s Office, 2007). According to the state, there were about 186,000 juvenile arrests made in 2010, including 52,000 juvenile felony arrests (LAO, 2012). In 2010, California had the 10th highest rate of juvenile incarceration in the nation (CDFCA, 2012). The Los Angeles Juvenile Justice System annually averages over 60,000 arrests of juveniles between the ages of 10-17. In Los Angeles, the overall population of this age range is 3 million (Comprehensive Multi-Agency Juvenile Justice Plan, 2001). The concept of realignment was brought to local counties, through implementation of the state, while also introducing rehabilitative services for adults in 2011. The purpose was to “close the revolving door of low-level inmates entering in and out of California’s prisons (CDCR, 2014). In October 2011, California responded to

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