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Issue Brief: No Place for Kids , Issue Brief-No Place for Kids .pdf (89.3 KiB) - This issue brief summarizes a report which assembles decades of research as well as persuasive new data to demonstrate that America’s heavy reliance on juvenile incarceration has not paid off, and in fact, is a failed strategy for combating youth crime.
JDAI Pathway 15 Detention Reform in Rural Jurisdictions Challenges and Opportunities , JDAI Pathway 15 Detention Reform in Rural Jurisdictions Challenges and Opportunities.pdf (637.1 KiB) - This report details a variety of special techniques, tactics, and strategies that can help rural areas accomplish detention reform effectively. It includes profiles of two promising rural detention reform efforts (in Illinois and Oregon); and a summary of key lessons.
JDAI Pathway 14 Beyond Detention System Transformation Through Juvenile Detention Reform , JDAI Pathway 14 Beyond Detention System Transformation Through Juvenile Detention Reform.pdf (675.8 KiB) - This report is book #14 in the Casey Foundation’s Juvenile Detention Alternatives Initiative (JDAI) Pathways series on juvenile detention reform. It documents the ways in which detention reforms in general – and JDAI’s comprehensive reform model in particular -- stimulate and support a broad array of other juvenile justice system improvements.
JDAI Pathway 13 Detention Reform and Girls Challenges and Solutions , JDAI Pathway 13 Detention Reform and Girls Challenges and Solutions.pdf (895.3 KiB) - This report examines the complex personal and social backdrop for girls in the delinquency system and looks at how girls are tracked at various key points in the juvenile justice process. By mapping how girls end up in the system, this report provides recommendations for gender-responsive detention reform.
JDAI Pathway 09 Special Detention Cases Strategies for Handling Difficult Populations , JDAI Pathway 09 Special Detention Cases Strategies for Handling Difficult Populations.pdf (362.6 KiB) - This report discusses warrant cases, probation violators, and post-adjudication detention. It provides strategies and solutions used in the Juvenile Detention Alternatives Initiative and other jurisdictions to reduce unnecessary detention in these special cases.
JDAI Pathway 11 Promoting and Sustaining Detention Reforms , JDAI Pathway 11 Promoting and Sustaining Detention Reforms.pdf (304.1 KiB) - This report explores how the Juvenile Detention Alternatives Initiative (JDAI) has promoted and sustained detention reform across the nation. It covers how leaders gathered support, how stakeholders clarified their agenda, and how sites used communications strategies to gain support. The report also addresses site strategies for reform, simple steps toward reform, and arguments for the cost-effectiveness of reform.
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 (862.2 KiB) - This report describes Florida’s efforts to replicate Broward County’s reforms statewide. It identifies reasons why the Broward Detention Initiative was successful in its reform and how attempts to go to scale were stymied by a changing political environment. It discusses outcomes and lessons from the resulting state-wide Florida Detention Initiative.
JDAI Pathway 08 Reducing Racial Disparities in Juvenile Detention , JDAI Pathway 08 Reducing Racial Disparities in Juvenile Detention.pdf (511.4 KiB) - This report examines the overrepresentation of minorities in the juvenile justice system, as well as reviews attempts by various sites in the Juvenile Detention Alternatives Initiative (JDAI) to reduce the number of minority youth being detained.
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 (326.4 KiB) - This report distinguishes between gathering and using data for planning and assessment and developing information systems that support daily operations. It focuses on how smaller interim steps can provide significant benefits quickly and relatively inexpensively. It summarizes lessons from the Juvenile Detention Alternatives Initiative and describes how others can get started.
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 (473.4 KiB) - This publication provides an overview of Juvenile Detention Alternatives Initiative (JDAI), a multi-million dollar, five year, five-site experiment aimed to streamline and rationalize local juvenile detention systems.
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