Casey Connects: Winter 2006

Juvenile Detention Reform Initiative Sparking a Vibrant National Movement

Posted December 21, 2006
By the Annie E. Casey Foundation
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This issue of Casey Connects shines a light on the Annie E. Casey Foundation’s Juvenile Detention Alternatives Initiative (JDAI). It’s a reform movement sweeping across America with one end goal: Create a safer, fairer and more cost-efficient system for detained youth. Beyond this big-picture effort, readers will learn how conventional detention systems are failing girls and what local sites are doing to engage youth in detention reform. A smaller story celebrates 6 movers and shakers who are advancing Casey’s work.  

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JDAI is inspiring juvenile detention facilities across America to hit the refresh button—and rightfully so

Introducing the Casey Foundation’s Juvenile Detention Alternatives Initiative (JDAI). As a model for detention reform, JDAI proves that it is possible to both reduce the use of secure confinement and preserve public safety. In fact, it’s an approach that’s so successful, it’s being implemented in more than 60 sites across the country at the time of this report.