Brief

Having a disproportionate number of  kids of color in jail is a real problem facing today’s justice system.  Casey's Juvenile Detention Alternatives Initiative (JDAI) has achieved reduced rates of minorities in lock up by making the reduction of racial and ethnic disparities a priority.

January 1, 2009

Detention Reform Issue Brief

In This Report, You’ll Learn

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    How JDAI achieved deep reductions in kids of color being unnecessarily detained.

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    How data analysis and data-driven facts helped focus strategies and allowed communities to make efficient reforms.

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    Why collaboration between department, agency and community leaders is key to the process.

Key Takeaway

Kids of color are arrested and detained at higher rates and face harsher penalties than similarly situated white kids

It is no secret that kids of color are arrested and detained at higher rates and face harsher penalties than similarly situated white kids. JDAI’s core strategies have reduced this disparity and leveled the playing field for all youths.

Findings & Stats

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