In 1997, the Oregon State legislature established the Deschutes County Community Youth Investment Program, a six-year demonstration program designed to increase investment in community-based delinquency prevention programs by shifting funds from costly state incarceration programs.
From 2002 to 2003, the consulting firm of Greenwood and Associates conducted an evaluation and cost benefit analysis of the two components of the program:
The project director's conclusions about the relative costs and benefits of the residential treatment and prevention components of the program include:
Effective prevention programs can offset the costs of additional crime.
The researchers recommended that Deschutes County and other communities consider adopting a model similar to the program with the following improvements: