The Washington State Institute for Public Policy evaluated MST to determine the bottom-line economics—whether it was likely the program’s benefits outweighed its costs. In its 2001 publication, “The Comparative Costs and Benefits of Programs to Reduce Crime,” MST was found to have the largest impact of any of the 13 programs evaluated.
The report estimated the benefits from two perspectives:
- crime victims
“Based on the Institute’s estimates, a typical average cost per MST participant is about $4,743. Overall, taxpayers gain approximately $31,661 in subsequent criminal justice cost savings for each program participant. Adding the benefits that accrue to crime victims increases the expected net present value to $131,918 per participant, which is equivalent to a benefit-to cost ratio of $28.33 for every dollar spent.”