When I was mentoring two young African American brothers, one stole some cigarettes.
They also broke into a school and stole $800, which they returned the next day.
One of the boys is on the autism spectrum.
They went to youth prison.
Growing up, when my brother engaged in a similar really minor offense,
the judge said "Don't do that again." He didn't. That was cheaper.
Here's the story recommending all youth prisons be shut down.
And the money used better to both make our communities safer, and help get the boys on the right path.