JDAIconnect Adds 2,200 Users in First Year

Posted May 9, 2018
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.

Mem­ber­ship is open to all and free of charge.

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