Montana Holds Second JDAI Conference

Posted March 14, 2012, By the Annie E. Casey Foundation

Montana’s second Juvenile Detention Alternatives Initiative conference took place October 17–21, 2011, as the juvenile justice track of the Montana Crime Prevention Conference in Butte, Montana.

The conference drew representatives from JDAI sites in Hill, Cascade, Yellowstone, and Missoula counties. Montana is also working on establishing another JDAI site with the Chippewa-Cree Tribe.

The conference workshops gave attendees a deeper understanding of the purpose and use of detention, and the role of judicial officers in leading JDAI, and prepared them for engaging stakeholders in establishing plans for disproportionate minority contact (DMC) reduction.

Speakers included: Susan Alkema, special master, Bernalillo County, New Mexico; Jeanne Masterson, chief probation officer, Bernalillo County, New Mexico; T.J. Bohl, assistant juvenile court administrator, Pierce County, Washington; and Sonya Littledeer-Evans, senior probation officer, Jefferson County, Oregon.

Cil Robinson, the state JDAI coordinator, said she was pleased that the workshops were well-attended, and that evaluations indicated a high rating for workshop content and presenters.

For more information, contact Cil Robinson.

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