Wyoming is Completing its First Year as a JDAI Site

Posted March 16, 2012, By the Annie E. Casey Foundation

The state of Wyoming has identified five counties—Campbell, Fremont, Laramie, Natrona, and Sweetwater— to replicate JDAI at the local level.

The state’s first-year activities have included hiring a JDAI state coordinator, establishing a state JDAI budget, developing the capacity to collect detention data, and establishing a state JDAI Steering Committee.

Local JDAI collaborative committees were formed using previously existing community juvenile service boards, and state and local stakeholders participated in training. A state-mandated detention risk assessment and detention standards are in the early stages of development and implementation.

Local leaders are exploring how to expand community-based alternatives and better use existing services to reduce their reliance on secure detention. The state coordinator, Rachel Campbell, worked closely with the Casey Foundation to convert locally entered detention data into JDAI’s new QRS Detention Utilization Reports.

Although Wyoming has a statewide juvenile court, juvenile cases may be handled in district, circuit, municipal, and tribal courts. Additionally Wyoming is the sole U.S. state not participating in the Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Act.

For more information, contact Rachel Campbell.