This report documents New Jersey’s success in replicating the Juvenile Detention Alternatives Initiative model and highlights the importance of state leadership to progress. It also identifies key ingredients in New Jersey’s approach and draws lessons from the state that might benefit other jurisdictions looking to take JDAI to scale.

June 4, 2014

JDAI Practice Guides Collection

In This Report, You’ll Learn

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    New Jersey has achieved remarkable success in replicating JDAI statewide and reducing the use of juvenile detention.

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    Active and creative state leadership has been a crucial factor in the success of local JDAI replication efforts throughout New Jersey.

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    New Jersey has erected a durable infrastructure at the state level to support JDAI replication.

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    For several years, New Jersey’s progress was not mirrored in other states. However, advances in a number of others states are emerging due to NJ's efforts as model site.

Key Takeaway

New Jersey Demonstrates Importance of State Leadership for JDAI Replication

New Jersey has demonstrated that state government can play a pivotal role in JDAI, and that effective state leadership can be a catalyst for dramatic progress in taking JDAI to scale. Guided by New Jersey ’s example, a growing number of other states have recently begun to make significant strides toward replicating JDAI statewide in recent years, and the lessons of New Jersey’s experience offer important lessons for any state seeking to boost state-level leadership and accelerate the pace and effectiveness of its JDAI replication efforts.

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