Juvenile Detention Alternatives Initiative

The Juvenile Detention Alternatives Initiative, a project of the Annie E. Casey Foundation, focuses on making informed detention decisions about youth involved in the justice system. Like the adult justice system, many youth are unnecessarily detained at great expense, with long-lasting negative consequences for both public safety and youth development.

JDAI promotes changes to policies, practices, and programs to:

  • reduce reliance on secure confinement;
  • improve public safety;
  • reduce racial disparities and bias;
  • save taxpayer dollars; and
  • stimulate overall juvenile justice reforms
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Since 1992, JDAI has demonstrated that jurisdictions can safely reduce reliance on secure confinement and generally strengthen their juvenile justice system through a series of interrelated reform strategies. JDAI is now being replicated in almost 200 jurisdictions in 39 states and the District of Columbia.

To learn more about JDAI, visit the Casey Foundation's JDAI page, or visit the JDAI Helpdesk to find resources and to learn how to implement JDAI principles in your jurisdiction.

 

JDAI Pathway Overview The JDAI Story Building a Better Juvenile Detention System
JDAI Pathway Overview The JDAI Story Building a Better Juvenile Detention System.pdf
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JDAI Pathway 01 Planning for Juvenile Detention Reforms A Structured Approach
JDAI Pathway 01 Planning for Juvenile Detention Reforms A Structured Approach.pdf
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JDAI Pathway 02 Collaboration and Leadership in Juvenile Detention Reform
JDAI Pathway 02 Collaboration and Leadership in Juvenile Detention Reform.pdf
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JDAI Pathway 03 Controlling the Front Gates Effective Admissions Policies and Practices
JDAI Pathway 03 Controlling the Front Gates Effective Admissions Policies and Practices.pdf
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JDAI Pathway 04 Consider the Alternatives Planning and Implementing Detention Alternatives
JDAI Pathway 04 Consider the Alternatives Planning and Implementing Detention Alternatives.pdf
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JDAI Pathway 05 Reducing Unnecessary Delay Innovations in Case Processing
JDAI Pathway 05 Reducing Unnecessary Delay Innovations in Case Processing.pdf
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JDAI Pathway 06 Improving Conditions of Confinement in Secure Juvenile Detention Centers
JDAI Pathway 06 Improving COnditions of Confinement in Secure Juvenile Detention Centers.pdf
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JDAI Pathway 07 By the Numbers The Role of Data and Information in Detention Reform
JDAI Pathway 07 By the Numbers The Role of Data and Information in Detention Reform.pdf
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JDAI Pathway 08 Reducing Racial Disparities in Juvenile Detention
JDAI Pathway 08 Reducing Racial Disparities in Juvenile Detention.pdf
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JDAI Pathway 09 Special Detention Cases Strategies for Handling Difficult Populations
JDAI Pathway 09 Special Detention Cases Strategies for Handling Difficult Populations.pdf
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JDAI Pathway 11 Promoting and Sustaining Detention Reforms
JDAI Pathway 11 Promoting and Sustaining Detention Reforms.pdf
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JDAI Pathway 12 Replicating Detention Reform Lessions from the Florida Detention Initiative
JDAI Pathway 12 Replicating Detention Reform Lessions from the Florida Detention Initiative.pdf
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JDAI Pathway 13 Detention Reform and Girls Challenges and Solutions
JDAI Pathway 13 Detention Reform and Girls Challenges and Solutions.pdf
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JDAI Pathway 14 Beyond Detention System Transformation Through Juvenile Detention Reform
JDAI Pathway 14 Beyond Detention System Transformation Through Juvenile Detention Reform.pdf
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JDAI Pathway 15 Detention Reform in Rural Jurisdictions Challenges and Opportunities
JDAI Pathway 15 Detention Reform in Rural Jurisdictions Challenges and Opportunities.pdf
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JDAI 2012 Annual Results Report
JDAI 2012 Annual Results Report.pdf
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Data Snapshot Reducing Youth Incarceration
Data Snapshot Reducing Youth Incarceration.pdf
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Issue Brief: No Place for Kids
Issue Brief-No Place for Kids .pdf
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Youth Incarceration Infographic
Youth Incarceration Infographic - AECF 2013.pdf
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