Expanding JDAI’s Focus to Reduce Commitments and Placements: Program Summary

Demonstrating that Jurisdictions can Respond to Delinquent Behavior in ways that are More Effective,Fairer, Safer and Less Costly

By the Annie E. Casey Foundation

March 6, 2012

Summary

Casey's Juvenile Detention Alternatives Initiative (JDAI) proved that locking up kids is dangerous, ineffective, unnecessary, obsolete, wasteful and inadequate. Casey believes that current trends in reducing juveniles behind bars can be helpful in keeping these kids in their own homes instead of being housed elsewhere. And that trend will translate into fairer, safer, cheaper and more effective delinquent behavior alternatives. Read about Casey's plan for in-depth juvenile justice reform. 

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Key Takeaway

JDAI and "narrowing the pipeline"

JDAI reduced youth facility commitments and placements largely by “narrowing the pipeline” of youth in the system and by creating greater reliance on community-based and family-focused interventions, which is better for kids and communities. 

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