Saturday, September 12, 2009

Evaluating the Juvenile Detention Alternatives Initiative

The Annie E. Casey Foundation has produced a report on the progress of the Juvenile Detention Alternatives Initiative (JDAI), its juvenile detention reform project, started in the 1990s. The report discusses JDAI’s rapid growth, effective reduction of detention, fiscal and public safety benefits, and progress in combating racial inequity in the juvenile justice system. Though future challenges are identified, the report finds that JDAI “is on track to become the standard of practice for how local justice systems nationwide handle the critical front end of the juvenile court process.”

Policies to reduce juvenile detention.

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