Detention is a crucial early phase in the juvenile court process. Placement into a locked detention center pending court significantly increases the odds that youth will be found delinquent and committed to corrections facilities and can seriously damage their prospects for future success.
Yet many detained youth pose little or no threat to public safety.
Before JDAI, overreliance on locked detention was widespread — needlessly harming youth. Today, as the pace of JDAI replication continues to accelerate across the United States, detention populations are plummeting.