Many communities spend millions of dollars locking up kids who could be safely supervised elsewhere. The Annie E. Casey Foundation’s Juvenile Detention Alternatives Initiative (JDAI) describes how communities in its program have reduced wasteful spending by providing alternatives to detaining nonviolent youth and freeing up money for more effective public safety solutions.

January 1, 2007

Detention Reform Issue Brief

In This Report, You’ll Learn

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    How the Casey Foundation's Juvenile Detention Alternatives Initiative (JDAI) helps communities save money.

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    How communities can reinvest in programs that help kids.

Key Takeaway

Juvenile detention is the most expensive, but least effective, way to achieve public safety goals.

One single detention bed costs the public as much as $1.5 million over a 20-year period.

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