I was speaking with someone recently who works in the rehabilitation and care sector for offending youth.
They were saying that to take a young person and turn them around costs somewhere in the region of $750k per annum. For one kid.
They also said that not every kid is able to be rehabilitated and for the good of everyone in society, they should be locked away. And this was someone with a vested interest in trying to prevent the incarceration of young offenders.
That's an astonishing amount.
Yeah, I'd definitely be (citation needed) on that. For that sum you could have 4 full time highly trained professionals per kid, or maybe 3 and house/feed/clothe them full time. Something smells off.