True to its title, this report aims to help jurisdictions embed the goals of the Juvenile Detention Alternatives Initiative (JDAI) into state law. How it does this—by pairing an expansive collection of policy excerpts with helpful tips and a tool for assessing existing strategies—allows sites to create a customized game plan for advancing the tenets of JDAI reform.

JDAI—a product of the Annie E. Casey Foundation—is a multi-year, multi-site effort to create a safer, fairer detention system while championing the use of more effective, efficient alternatives to secure confinement.

June 3, 2014

JDAI Practice Guides Collection

In This Report, You’ll Learn

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    How to tell if juvenile detention policies need updated.

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    How state policies can support JDAI's core strategies.

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    How sites are using data collection to improve policy.

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    The importance of racial impact statements

Key Takeaway

Stakeholders can use this guide to create a customized action plan for updating policy according to their site’s unique needs.

This report is jam-packed with excerpts of real-world statutes and regulations aimed at advancing juvenile detention reform. These examples, which support the core strategies of the Annie E. Casey Foundation’s Juvenile Detention Alternatives Initiative (JDAI), serve as clear and convenient references for stakeholders interested in updating state-level policies.

Findings & Stats

Statements & Quotations