Philliber's AFJ (AGYP) Report

Download the 2017 research report for statistics that confirm AFJ's success.

In 2017, Philliber Research Associates gathered data about AFJ's clients, their participation in the program, and the outcome. The results confirm an unusually impressive success rate, demonstrating how AFJ became one of the history's most effective crime prevention programs.

What Makes Avenues for Justice Successful:

The Preliminary Fiscal 2017 Mayor's Management Report states that 2,528 youth under age 16 were admitted to detention at a cost of $1,431 per day per youth – $352,663 on an annualized basis. Since each youth spent an average of 21 days in detention, New York City spent nearly $76,000,000 on juvenile detention in Fiscal year 2016. The NYC Department of Correction reports that 2,763 adolescents ages 16 to 18 were admitted to city jails at a cost of $132,019 per inmate per year (2016 data). And New York States spends $352,663 (2014 data) annually to incarcerate one youth in one of its juvenile prisons, compared to the $20,610 (2014 data) spent by the city and state to educate one public school child each year. 

In 2011, New York State spent a staggering $3.6 billion to incarcerate residents of all ages. New York City alone currently spends over $167,000 yearly to incarcerate an individual. Between 4,000 and 5,000 youths are incarcerated at Rikers Island every year, and the same number are in detention centers around the city. The incarceration and detention of New York City’s youth consume about $1.5 billion of our tax dollars each and every year.   And what do we get for all that money?  The recidivism rate for an incarcerated juvenile in New York State is an unbelievable and heartbreaking 75%. 


  • Average annual cost for one bed in a secure NY juvenile detention center: $352,663.
  • Average annual cost for incarcerating a youth in a NYC correctional facility for one year: $132,019.
  • Average annual cost for incarcerating a youth in a NYS juvenile facility: $352,663.


  • It costs AFJ just $4,300 per year to provide life-changing support, 24-hours a day, seven days a week, to each of our youth.

Annual cost of incarcerating 200 youthful offenders at $352,663 =  $70,000,000. 

Avenues for Justice’s programs annual cost of rehabilitating 200 offenders at $4,300 = $860,000.

  • $352,663 per year is what NYS spends to incarcerate a juvenile, but $20,610 per year is what NYC spends to educate a youth in a public high school.
  • Nationwide, one in six Hispanic males and one in three African American males end up in prison.
  • 95% of youths entering detention are African American or Hispanic.
  • 48% of youths in East Harlem live in poverty.
  • 25% of youths released from a NYS juvenile faculty stay out of prison


  • Over 90% of Glovers graduates stay out of prison.