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.
About the program: Big Brothers Big Sisters is a one-to-one mentoring program that pairs an at-risk youth with a teen or adult mentor from the…
About the program: Gun buybacks are programs in which local governments purchase firearms from private residents. The residents voluntarily se…
About the program: Operation Ceasefire in Boston, Massachusetts, uses a program of focused deterrence developed by professor David Kennedy of …
After a surge in cases filed in Cumberland County in 2016, followed by a slight rise in 2017, local courts may be in for a reprieve.
Criminal charges against women have grown at a rate twice that of men in Cumberland County since 2010, according to an analysis of court recor…