This report—the 6th installment in a series devoted to revolutionizing detention programs and practices in America—is packed with practical tips aimed at improving and assessing institutional conditions and practices. The goal: Transform even the most dangerous and disruptive facilities into fair, humane centers for today’s youth. 

July 1, 1999

Pathways to Juvenile Detention Reform Series

In This Report, You’ll Learn

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    Why crowded detention centers are unsafe.

  2. 2

    How to effectively assess detention center conditions.

  3. 3

    Tips for enhancing institutional conditions—and making the changes stick.

  4. 4

    How to develop and conduct assessments on programs.

Key Takeaway

Detention centers open their doors to the Annie E. Casey Foundation and take a hard look a their institutional conditions.

This report shares lessons learned from a multiyear, multisite project conducted by the Annie E. Casey Foundation. Called the Justice Detention Alternatives Initiative (JDAI), this project aimed to do just what its name suggests: identify more effective, efficient alternatives to juvenile detention. 

Findings & Stats

Statements & Quotations