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Tarsha Jackson Receives Bimel Award for her Contributions to Detention Reform

Parent-turned-advocate Tarsha Jackson received the Annie E. Casey Foundation’s Natalie S. Bimel Award for her efforts to ensure the inclusion of families in detention reform efforts. Jackson, the coordinator of Texas Families of Incarcerated Youth, received the honor in Houston during JDAI’s 2012 Intersite Conference in April.

May 8, 2013

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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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