JDAIconnect Adds 2,200 Users in First Year

Posted May 9, 2018
By the Annie E. Casey Foundation
Juvenile justice reformers connect and learn on an online platform called JDAIconnect.

Since the Casey Foun­da­tion launched JDAIcon­nect a year ago, more than 2,200 juve­nile jus­tice reform­ers have joined the online com­mu­ni­ty to exchange ideas, find resources and learn.

JDAIcon­nect offers many ways for prac­ti­tion­ers to learn from and chal­lenge one anoth­er to make youth jus­tice more just, more equi­table and more effec­tive in their own states and local com­mu­ni­ties,” says Nate Balis, the direc­tor of the Foundation’s Juve­nile Jus­tice Strat­e­gy Group. That’s why the Foun­da­tion built JDAIcon­nect and that’s how I hope that every­one will con­tin­ue to use it.”

One of JDAIconnect’s users is Ang­ie Lopez, Juve­nile Deten­tion Alter­na­tives Ini­tia­tive® (JDAI™) state coor­di­na­tor with the Ari­zona Supreme Court, who cit­ed hav­ing the exper­tise, shared expe­ri­ences and exam­ples from prac­ti­tion­ers from around the coun­try” as ben­e­fits of JDAIconnect.

Often, users post a ques­tion when they want to think dif­fer­ent­ly about what is pos­si­ble with­in their sys­tems. Michael Calla­han, JDAI coor­di­na­tor with the LaPorte Coun­ty, Indi­ana Cir­cuit Court, asked if fel­low prac­ti­tion­ers could share their poli­cies for LGBTQ youth. With­in min­utes, he was hear­ing from pro­fes­sion­als he had nev­er met before, in juris­dic­tions from Mass­a­chu­setts to Louisiana, with links and sug­ges­tions for oth­ers to con­tact. For me, what real­ly makes JDAIcon­nect a great tool is that I now have access to the entire JDAI com­mu­ni­ty,” he says. I don’t have to wait for a con­fer­ence or a training.”

Our vision is that with the community’s pow­er to con­nect, it inspires juve­nile jus­tice inno­va­tions and advances the well-being of youth, fam­i­lies, prac­ti­tion­ers and neigh­bor­hoods,” says Meghan Gue­vara, vice pres­i­dent for inno­va­tion and impact at the Pre­tri­al Jus­tice Insti­tute. The Casey Foun­da­tion part­nered with the Pre­tri­al Jus­tice Insti­tute to devel­op and man­age JDAIconnect.

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