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New Administrator of OJJDP

Robert L. Listenbee has been appointed Administrator of the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention. Listenbeen spent 16 years as Chief of the Juvenile Unit of the Defender Association of Philadelphia and 27 years as a trial lawyer.

June 14, 2013

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Juvenile Detention Risk Assessment

A Practice Guide for Juvenile Detention Reform #1

Practice Guide

Risk screening evaluates arrested minors to see if they need secure lock up, but each assessment form is cusomized for the needs of the jurisdiction and care needs to be taken to develop an objective instrument. 

December 9, 2006

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The Dangers of Detention

The Impact of Incarcerating Youth in Detention and Other Secure Facilities


This policy brief looks at the consequences of detention on kids and communities and the positive results coming from Casey’s Juvenile Detention Alternatives Initiative (JDAI).

December 9, 2007

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Detention Reform

A Cost-Saving Approach


This 4-page issue brief describes how Casey's Juvenile Detention Alternatives Initiative (JDAI) helps helps communities reduce wasteful spending detaining non-violent youth, and frees up these funds for more effective public safety solutions.

January 1, 2007

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If Parents Don’t Speak English Well, Will Their Kids Get Locked Up?

Language Barriers and Disproportionate Minority Contact in the Juvenile Justice System


With support from Casey, the Vera Institute of Justice is studying the relationship between  immigrant parents' ability to speak English and  their ability to participate in the juvenile justice process. 

June 11, 2010

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Consider the Alternatives

planning and implementing detention alternatives


This report urges juvenile justice officials to abandon detention’s standard all-or-nothing approach in favor of a new option: A continuum of alternatives that maintains public safety, cuts costs and reduces overcrowding — all while offering more efficient, appropriate services to America’s youth. Consider the Alternatives is part of a multi-year, multi-site project conducted by the Annie E. Casey Foundation. Called the Juvenile Detention Alternatives Initiative (JDAI), the project aimed to do just what its name suggests: Identify more effective, efficient alternatives to juvenile detention.     

May 1, 1999

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