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.
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JDAI cuts costs by helping communities safely reduce the number of youths in detention, which enables them to close detention units or avoid the expense of new construction.
Many JDAI sites have shifted money once spent on detention to other kinds of youth supervision programs and services, saving counties and states millions in confinement-related costs.