JDAI at 25

Insights From the Annual Results Reports

Posted April 17, 2017
By the Annie E. Casey Foundation
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The Annie E. Casey Foundation launched its Juvenile Detention Alternatives Initiative (JDAI) 25 years ago. This results report, which draws on eight years of JDAI data, tells how participating sites have achieved significant and — in many cases — long-lasting reductions in rates of juvenile incarceration and juvenile crime.

Readers will also learn what’s next. The report shares key challenges and also new goals, tools and strategies for JDAI sites to consider as they look to enhance their work and advance the initiative’s remarkable track record of success.

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Key Takeaway

JDAI’s success is well documented — and widespread

Twenty-five years ago, Casey launched JDAI in an effort to reduce our nation’s overreliance on detention. Today, participating sites across America have reported significant drops in their total juvenile detention population. These reductions range from 35% in the South to more than 50% among sites in the West.