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.  

January 1, 2007

Detention Reform Issue Brief

In This Report, You’ll Learn

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    What alternatives are available to replace juvenile detention.

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    Why not locking up delinquent kids actually lowers crime rates and makes the community safer.

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    Why the majority of youth offenders do not warrant detention.

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.

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