Court-involved youth: Youth who are processed through the juvenile justice system but who are not ordered to a period of confinement in a residential or correctional facility. This includes populations of arrested youth, diverted youth, charged youth, adjudicated youth, and youth on probation or formal supervision.
Youth in state institutions: Youth who are confined in a residential or correctional facility when they participate in the program.
Youth post-release: Youth who are returning to the community following a period of confinement in a residential or correctional facility and who participate in the program after release to the community.
|Benefit-Cost Summary Statistics Per Participant|
|Taxpayers||$500||Benefits minus costs||($1,416)|
|Participants||$1,065||Benefit to cost ratio||$0.36|
|Others||$658||Chance the program will produce|
|Indirect||($1,423)||benefits greater than the costs||48 %|
|Net program cost||($2,215)|
|Benefits minus cost||($1,416)|
|Meta-Analysis of Program Effects|
|Outcomes measured||Treatment age||No. of effect sizes||Treatment N||Adjusted effect sizes(ES) and standard errors(SE) used in the benefit - cost analysis||Unadjusted effect size (random effects model)|
|First time ES is estimated||Second time ES is estimated|
Any criminal conviction according to court records, sometimes measured through charges, arrests, incarceration, or self-report.
Smoking tobacco on a regular basis.
Clinical diagnosis of an anxiety disorder (e.g., general anxiety, panic, social anxiety, obsessive compulsive disorder) or symptoms measured on a validated scale.
Major depressive disorder
Clinical diagnosis of major depression or symptoms measured on a validated scale.
Substance use disorder^
A non-specified alcohol or drug use disorder. Typically, a collection of different types of disorders reported by study authors.
|Detailed Monetary Benefit Estimates Per Participant|
|Affected outcome:||Resulting benefits:1||Benefits accrue to:|
|Crime||Criminal justice system||$558||$0||$1,274||$279||$2,111|
|Regular smoking||Labor market earnings associated with smoking||($1,975)||($4,640)||$0||$0||($6,615)|
|Health care associated with smoking||($916)||($259)||($945)||($458)||($2,579)|
|Mortality associated with smoking||($7)||($16)||$0||($304)||($326)|
|Major depressive disorder||Mortality associated with depression||$0||$0||$0||$1||$1|
|Anxiety disorder||K-12 grade repetition||$14||$0||$0||$7||$21|
|Labor market earnings associated with anxiety disorder||$2,507||$5,889||$0||$0||$8,396|
|Health care associated with anxiety disorder||$319||$90||$329||$159||$898|
|Program cost||Adjustment for deadweight cost of program||$0||$0||$0||($1,108)||($1,108)|
|Detailed Annual Cost Estimates Per Participant|
|Annual cost||Year dollars||Summary|
|Program costs||$2,020||2012||Present value of net program costs (in 2018 dollars)||($2,215)|
|Comparison costs||$0||2012||Cost range (+ or -)||20 %|
Benefits Minus Costs
Benefits by Perspective
Taxpayer Benefits by Source of Value
|Benefits Minus Costs Over Time (Cumulative Discounted Dollars)|
|The graph above illustrates the estimated cumulative net benefits per-participant for the first fifty years beyond the initial investment in the program. We present these cash flows in discounted dollars. If the dollars are negative (bars below $0 line), the cumulative benefits do not outweigh the cost of the program up to that point in time. The program breaks even when the dollars reach $0. At this point, the total benefits to participants, taxpayers, and others, are equal to the cost of the program. If the dollars are above $0, the benefits of the program exceed the initial investment.|
Morral, A.R., McCaffrey, D.F., & Ridgeway, G. (2004). Effectiveness of community-based treatment for substance-abusing adolescents: 12-month outcomes of youths entering Phoenix Academy or alternative probation dispositions. Psychology of Addictive Behaviors, 18(3), 257-68.