COSTS OF FETAL ALCOHOL SPECTRUM DISORDER IN THE CANADIAN CRIMINAL JUSTICE SYSTEM

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Nguyen Xuan Thanh
Egon Jonsson

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FASD, criminal justice, cost, canada

Abstract

We reviewed literature to estimate the costs of Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) in the Canadian Criminal Justice System (CJS), and to update the total costs of FASD in Canada. The results suggest FASD is costlier than previous estimates. The costs of FASD associated with the CJS are estimated at $3.9 billion a year, with $1.2 billion for police, $0. 4 billion for court, $0.5 billion for correctional services, $1.6 billion for victims, and $0.2 billion for third-party. The updated total costs of FASD in Canada are $9.7 billion a year, of which CJS accounts for 40%, healthcare 21%, education 17%, social services 13%, and others 9%.

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