An Effective Public Safety Strategy

Detention Reform Brief 2

Posted January 1, 2007
By the Annie E. Casey Foundation
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This report gives insight into the success of detention alternatives when dealing with youth arrests. The Foundation's Juvenile Detention Alternatives Initiative (JDAI) increases the options available for arrested youth, which helps to reduce incidents of crime and increase the rates of offenders returning to court without further incidents, hence making the community safer.  

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Key Takeaway

Detaining all youth offenders creates higher rates of repeat offenders. By implementing JDAI’s detention reform strategies, rates of recidivism are reduced while the decline in detention rates is actually shown to make the community safer. Community resources are also allocated more effectively.