Solution for Health: Support our City’s youth by expanding supervised alternative-to-detention (ATD) instead of incarcerating them.

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Issue: 
Health
Solution: 
Support our City’s youth by expanding supervised alternative-to-detention (ATD) instead of incarcerating them.
Explanation: 

Alternative-to-detention (ATD) programs cost about $15,000 per year per youth, compared to more than $200,000 for incarceration in detention facilities, and recurring costs from recidivism. We can expand upon ATD programs by increasing participation, improving educational programs for participants, modifying supervision as an incentive for improved behavior, devising an exit plan with participants upon completing the program, and maintaining data on success rates and techniques to continually improve the program.

Source: 
Former New York City Public Advocate Mark Green, "Change for New York: 100 Ideas for a Better City," 2009.

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