The administration of criminal justice is expensive.

More than $39 million was budgeted by Cumberland County in 2017 for the administration of criminal justice, according county records.

This includes spending on things like the district attorney’s office, public defenders and the operation of the county prison.

More than $4.2 million was budgeted in 2017 by the Borough of Carlisle for the operation of its police force alone.

While a lot of money is spent of criminal justice, the resources are not unlimited.

Every taxpayer dollar spent on an ineffective program is a dollar that cannot be spent on a program that has been researched and shown to enhance public safety.

This week The Sentinel dives into the research behind some of the programs being used to deter crime to see what the research and evidence says about them.

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