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Byline: KATE COONEY SOCIAL AFFAIRS CORRESPONDENT
SUCCESSFUL schemes to stop youngsters before they commit crimes are saving the taxpayer thousands, it emerged yesterday.
The results of a Government study into the work of the Community Services branch of the Youth Justice Agency, out yesterday, showed a massive pounds 15,628 could be saved for every teenager who is diverted away from offending.
The Northern Ireland Office estimates a cost of pounds 19,000 for the detention of one inmate, compared to just pounds 3,372 per referral to the Community Services team.
The study was commissioned last July to evaluate the …