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See also Our Work: Juvenile Justice, an overview of Casey's investment in this issue.
See all resources from Casey's Juvenile Detention Alternatives Initiative (JDAI).
No Place for Kids: The Case for Reducing Juvenile Incarceration
This report assembles a vast array of evidence to demonstrate that incarcerating kids doesn't work: Youth prisons do not reduce future offending, they waste taxpayer dollars, and they frequently expose youth to dangerous and abusive conditions. The report highlights successful reform efforts from several states and provides recommendations for how states can reduce juvenile incarceration rates and redesign their juvenile correction systems to better serve young people and the public.
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A Guide to Juvenile Justice Reform: Making Detention Reform Work for Girls
Serving as a practical, how-to guide for jurisdictions involved in Casey’s Juvenile Detention Alternative Initiative and others, this report follows up on previous JDAI reports documenting the scope and nature of the different challenges and needs facing girls in the detention system. This guide offers clear and specific instructions for JDAI leaders on how to put that information into practice. After reviewing the characteristics and disparities in the system’s treatment of girls, the guide describes organizational steps necessary to create gender work groups, develop work plans, conduct gender-focused data analysis and put the information gained to practical use. Appendices provide a variety of tools and templates to support the work.
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Infographic: Youth Incarceration in the United States
This infographic provides information on youth incarceration in the United States, visualizing the national and state drop in youth confinement, racial disparities within the juvenile justice system and the type of offenses committed by youth. In addition, the piece highlights five responses communities can take to support better services for these youth. To access a printer-friendly version of this infographic, click on "View Multimedia."
Demonstrating that Jurisdictions Can Respond to Delinquent Behavior in Ways that are More Effective, Fairer, Safer, and Less Costly
Each year in the United States, thousands of children are placed inappropriately and unnecessarily into youth corrections facilities and various forms of congregate residential placements. This paper offers the rationale for a focus on reducing post-dispositional out-of-home placements, followed by a summary of the multiple facets of JDAI’s expanded deep end focus.
Resolution, Reinvestment, and Realignment: Three Strategies for Changing Juvenile Justice
This report reviews the history and development of policies to reduce the demand for expensive state confinement and to supervise as many young offenders as possible in their own communities. It analyzes the impact of these strategies on policy, practice, and public safety.
Juvenile Detention Reform: A Guide for County Officials
This guidebook captures alternative practices to juvenile detention that counties can implement in their respective communities.