* Putting a juvenile in drug court for a program that last many months costs about $6,400, but putting a juvenile sentenced to six months in a residential treatment facility can cost $44,000 to $99,000.
Additional feedback came later in the week from the Putnam County drug court, which has operated for two years and has 26 graduates.
Circuit Judge Phillip M. Stowers said not all who enter the demanding program finish.
"Twenty graduates will not change the world," he said. "But it will change the world for 20 kids and 20 families for generations.
"I believe what we are really changing is something we could never do in our regular court process," Stowers added. "We are changing families."
Many of the policy changes legislators are being asked to consider are far-reaching, and strike some people as efforts simply to define deviance down.
Data on how such approaches as early release with supervision have worked out in other states would make it easier for the public to evaluate what the cost to public safety would be.