This report provides a detailed update on the Juvenile Detention Alternatives Initiative's progress since 2009. The number of jurisdictions adopting the model has continued to climb year-after-year, and state governments are taking an increasingly central role in supporting effective JDAI replication. Participating sites continue to report impressive results in reducing reliance on detention of court-involved youth awaiting court hearings or pending placement to correctional programs, and are doing so while protecting public safety and safeguarding taxpayer dollars. Meanwhile, the Foundation has launched an effort that will expand JDAI beyond the detention phase of the juvenile court process to focus on reducing reliance on incarceration in longer-term juvenile corrections facilities.

June 2, 2014

In This Report, You’ll Learn

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    The JDAI model has proliferated with increasing speed since 2009 and now reaches over one-fourth of the total U.S. youth population.

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    Participating jurisdictions are sharply reducing reliance on detention. Overall, sites have reduced their average daily detention populations by 43%.

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    Increasingly, state governments are taking an important role in nurturing and supporting JDAI replication at the local level.

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    JDAI is now focused on the dispositional end of the juvenile justice system with the aim of decreasing reliance on juvenile incarceration nationwide.

Key Takeaway

JDAI Continues to Grow and Expand

Since the Foundation’s last update report on the Juvenile Detention Alternatives Initiative in 2009, the pace of JDAI replication has accelerated, participating sites continue to report impressive progress in safely reducing the use of detention in the early phases of the juvenile court process, and the Foundation has begun to expand JDAI’s focus to address overreliance on confinement in the later phases of the juvenile justice system.

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