By the Numbers

the role of data and information in detention reform

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This report offers examples and tips for using data and information technology to advance juvenile detention reform efforts. It is part of a series that shares lessons from 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.

August 1, 1999

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Detention Reform in Rural Jurisdictions

challenges and opportunities

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This report tackles the issue of detention reform in rual areas and supports the ideal that children everywhere—regardless of their zip code—deserve to be treated fairly when facing detention. It shares lessons learned from a multiyear, multisite 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.

January 1, 2008

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Controlling the Front Gates

Effective Admission Policies and Practices

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This report is packed with examples and suggestions to help jurisdictions to make fair, efficient and rational decisions about the detention center admission process. It is part of a series that shares lessons learned from 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.

April 1, 1999

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Detention Reform and Girls

Challenges and Solutions

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This report examines the complex personal and social backdrop for girls in the delinquency system and looks at how girls are tracked at various key points in the juvenile justice process. By mapping how girls end up in the system, this report provides recommendations for gender-responsive detention reform.

January 1, 2005

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Improving Conditions of Confinement in Secure Juvenile Detention Centers

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This report presents a discussion of what was learned from the Juvenile Detention Alternatives Initiative (JDAI) about improving and maintaining safe, humane institutions. Attention is given to the impact of inadequate conditions. It also offers guiding principles, based on JDAI, for improving institutional conditions, developing and conducting an assessment, improving practices, and maintaining ongoing assessment.

July 1, 1999

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Overview: The JDAI Story

Building a Better Juvenile Detention System

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Th is publication provides an overview of the Juvenile Detention Alternatives Initiative (JDAI), a multi-million dollar, five year, five-site experiment designed to streamline and rationalize local juvenile detention systems.

January 1, 1999

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Planning for Juvenile Detention Reforms

A Structured Approach

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This planning approach is designed to help jurisdictions gain an accurate understanding of their own detention policies, practices and problems. Its structured planning model has been tested and refined at various sites over a five-year period, and it makes reference to a variety of solutions to juvenile detention problems.

February 1, 1999

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Replicating Detention Reform

Lessons from the Florida Detention Initiative

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This report compares two reform initiatives with nearly identical objectives yet drastically different final chapters. Readers will learn how officials successfully reduced local detention center populations and why a similar statewide effort failed just years later. Replicating Detention Reform is the 12th installment in a series devoted to identifying more effective, efficient alternatives to juvenile detention.     

April 1, 2001

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Consider the Alternatives

planning and implementing detention alternatives

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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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Beyond Detention

System Transformation Through Juvenile Detention Reform

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Beyond Detention is the 14th report in a series about a multiyear, multisite 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. This entry, written eight years after its series counterparts, highlights how three model sites moved beyond their core reform efforts — and a focus on detention — to make broader improvements in the juvenile justice system.

January 1, 2007

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