Right Way, Rhode Island.

Governor Don Carcieri has repealed a law that lowered the age of adult court jurisdiction to 17.

As I explained a few weeks back, Carcieri had thought he could save some cash and close a deficit gap by transferring the 17-year-olds, typically housed at $98,000 per bed per year on the juvenile side, to adult prison, where beds cost roughly $40,000 per year. The catch, of course, which would have been immediately apparent had he bothered to consult the experts and prison staff, is that 17-year-olds are kept in protective custody when they’re admitted to the adult system, which is more expensive than juvenile facilities.

Once again, common sense and fiscal discipline have teamed up to effect positive change.


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