ART Cited as Effective, Economical Violence Reduction Program

ART Cited as Effective, Economical Violence Reduction Program

The St. Louis Beacon, in a recent article tltled "Crime programs reduce violence by focusing on what works", cites Aggression Replacement Training (ART) as an example of an effective violence prevention intervention that helps to reduce costs to taxpayers in the Washington state area.

Drake says ART accommodates 1,500 participants a year, at a cost of slightly more than $1,540 each. The savings are remarkable. She says the cost-benefit ratio is $10.70 for each $1 invested in the program. This is based on savings in criminal justice costs and victimization expenses as a result of the $1,540 investment in each participant to help divert them from more crime and jail.

Recently revised and expanded, Aggression Replacement Training: A Comprehensive Intervention for Aggressive Youth has been updated to reflect over 30 years of use in schools, community agencies, juvenile institutions, and other settings.