Forging Partnerships With Law Enforcement

Executive Summary

By the Annie E. Casey Foundation

April 17, 2017

Summary

This guide is a resource-packed playbook for juvenile justice reformers. It shares examples and advice aimed at helping Juvenile Detention Alternatives Initiative (JDAI) sites forge effective partnerships with law enforcement agencies on a number of fronts — from detention screenings to trainings on adolescent development. The goal? Help these sites reduce the use of unnecessary detention while improving public safety outcomes at the same time.  

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Key Takeaway

Wanted: Strong, productive connections with law enforcement agencies

By actively partnering with law enforcement agencies, JDAI stakeholders can help ensure that law enforcement practices toward youth are more equitable and effective. One particularly promising strategy: Offering training to help law enforcement commanders and patrol officers appreciate the differences between youths and adults.  

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