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Juvenile Expediter Data & Narrative

The primary goal of the Juvenile Expediter Program has been to work with youth in detention (or at risk of being detained) by finding community-based alternatives to secure detention. The program is meant to address the 1) over-crowding in the detention facility, 2) the disproportionate number of minority youth in detention, and 3) to serve youth at the least restrictive but most appropriate level of care for the individual youth. It has also proven to be very cost-effective.

Over a two-year time frame, the Expediter Program reduced the population of the Lancaster County Detention Center on 364 occasions. In so doing, the Expediter Program saved the county over $800,000 during 2000 and 2001.

During 2001 alone it would have cost the County an additional $724,320 to serve the youth in detention had it not been for the Expediter Program. Despite the cost of running the Expediter Program, the county realized a savings of $428,922 over a 12-month period.

LANCASTER COUNTY STATISTICS
Youth Released from Juvenile Detention with a plan developed by the Detention Expediter
1998-2002 (Calendar Year)
The Expediter Program began in October 1999; annual data is not available prior to 2000.
 19981999200020012002
Number of times youth enrolled in the Expediter Program in Lancaster County.     166 177 184
Number of youth that were referred and enrolled in the Juvenile Expediter program.     106 116 Data Not Available
Number and percent of females referred to Expediter Programs.     40 youth
24%
45 youth
25%
43
23%
Number and percent of males referred to Expediter Programs.     126
76%
132
75%
141
77%
Number and percent of African American youth enrolled in Expediter.     12 youth
11%
18 youth
16%
30 youth
17%
Number and percent of Asian youth enrolled in Expediter.     2 youth
2%
2 youth
2%
4 youth
2%
Number and percent of Caucasian youth enrolled in Expediter.     72 youth
68%
79 youth
68%
114 youth
63%
Number and percent of Hispanic youth enrolled in Expediter.     4 youth
4%
6 youth
5%
14 youth
8%
Number and percent of Native American youth enrolled in Expediter.     6 youth
6%
4 youth
3%
12 youth
7%
Number and percent of youth who indicated two or more races.     10 youth
9%
6 youth
5%
4 youth
2%
Number and percent of youth who indicated some other race.     - 1 youth
1%
2 youth
1%
Approximate dollars saved annually by releasing youth to the Expediter Program.     Data not available $428,922 $420,312

1Connecting Data, Inc. - Juvenile Detention Expediter 2002 Report
2Because a youth can be referred more than once- total youth is less than total referrals.

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