Practice Guide

Note: This page is for the original facility assessment guide. View the 2014 update to the Juvenile Detention Facility Assessment.

Dangerous and inadequate conditions in juvenile detention facilities open public officials to liability in civil rights lawsuits and harm the very youth whose care is entrusted to them. The Juvenile Detention Alternatives Initiative (JDAI) developed a detailed set of standards that facilities can use to clean up detrimental treatment in detention. This practice guide provides extensive instructions and checklists on conducting a secure detention facility self-inspection.  

December 9, 2006

JDAI Practice Guides Collection

In This Report, You’ll Learn

  1. 1

    The keys to establishing a detention facility self-assessment team.

  2. 2

    A summary of the entire facility assessment process from start to finish.

  3. 3

    How to assess each major issue area involved in a facility assessment.

  4. 4

    8 major assessment areas.

  1. 5

    3 major sections of a category assessment.

  2. 6

    What to include in a review through extensive checklists.

Key Takeaway

JDAI standards

JDAI sites recognize the value of high facility standards in protecting the health, safety and civil rights of detained youth. JDAI emphasizes the importance of maintaining safe and humane conditions of confinement in juvenile detention facilities.

Findings & Stats

Statements & Quotations