Call for Proposals: 2019 JDAI Juvenile Justice Reform Conference

Posted March 16, 2019, By the Annie E. Casey Foundation

Juvenile justice reformers

The Annie E. Casey Foun­da­tion is accept­ing pro­pos­als for work­shops and table dis­cus­sions at its 24th Juve­nile Deten­tion Alter­na­tives Ini­tia­tive® (JDAI) Inter-Site Conference.

The event, which will bring togeth­er mem­bers of JDAI® net­work, is sched­uled for Oct. 16 – 18, 2019 in Seat­tle. Atten­dees will explore a range of top­ics in the youth jus­tice field — such as race and eth­nic equi­ty; pro­ba­tion trans­for­ma­tion; youth, fam­i­ly and com­mu­ni­ty engage­ment and part­ner­ship; and deep-end sys­tem reform — in addi­tion to deten­tion reform fun­da­men­tals and innovations.

What inspires me about the con­fer­ence is peo­ple from all over the coun­try com­mit­ted to a com­mon cause,” says David E. Brown, a senior asso­ciate at the Foun­da­tion. They are improv­ing the odds for a suc­cess­ful tran­si­tion to adult­hood for youth with some of the longest odds.”

Indi­vid­u­als and orga­ni­za­tions in youth jus­tice or a relat­ed field can par­tic­i­pate in the con­fer­ence by host­ing a 90-minute work­shop or a 45-minute table talk, which is a small group dis­cus­sion facil­i­tat­ed by one or two lead­ers. The Foun­da­tion is accept­ing pro­pos­als for these ses­sions via JDAIcon­nect — an online com­mu­ni­ty that offers juve­nile jus­tice reform­ers a space to con­nect, talk and learn — now through April 152019.

Sub­mis­sions must spec­i­fy the skills and knowl­edge that atten­dees can expect to devel­op and then apply to their reform work. Strong pro­pos­als will also iden­ti­fy inno­va­tions in pol­i­cy and prac­tice and rec­om­mend pre­sen­ters with diverse perspectives.

While the con­fer­ence itself is invite-only, any indi­vid­ual or orga­ni­za­tion can sub­mit a pro­pos­al and be con­sid­ered as a pre­sen­ter. In addi­tion, the Casey Foun­da­tion will con­sid­er cov­er­ing trav­el expens­es for pre­sen­ters whose expens­es would not oth­er­wise be cov­ered from an exist­ing Casey grant or con­sul­tant agreement.

About JDAIcon­nect

Any­one can join the JDAIcon­nect com­mu­ni­ty, includ­ing users who have no involve­ment with JDAI. Access is free, but first-time users will need to cre­ate an account on Casey’s Com­mu­ni­ty Café.

Mem­bers of JDAIcon­nect will be able to use the por­tal to view select con­fer­ence offer­ings, includ­ing work­shops, mate­ri­als and ple­nary presentations.

About JDAI

The Juve­nile Deten­tion Alter­na­tives Initiative’s core strate­gies have become the stan­dard of prac­tice, guid­ing how local jus­tice sys­tems across the nation nav­i­gate the crit­i­cal front end of the juve­nile court process. The ini­tia­tive has also spurred sys­tem reforms beyond deten­tion. The report JDAI@25 tells how par­tic­i­pat­ing sites have achieved sig­nif­i­cant and — in many cas­es — long-last­ing reduc­tions in rates of juve­nile con­fine­ment and juve­nile crime.

Read about the orga­ni­za­tions and indi­vid­u­als hon­ored at the 23rd JDAI Inter-Site Conference

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