Juvenile Detention Alternatives Initiative Brochure

A Successful Approach to Comprehensive Reform

By the Annie E. Casey Foundation

November 30, 2007


Since 1992, Casey’s Juvenile Detention Alternatives Initiative (JDAI) has worked to enhance safety, save money, help kids and improve juvenile justice systems across the country. Core strategies and promising results are revealed in this report. 

Table of Contents

Key Takeaway

JDAI lowers detention populations, enhances public safety, saves money and improves juvenile justice systems overall.

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JDAI is becoming a springboard for radical change across the entire juvenile justice system.

Findings & Stats

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Wrong Reasons For Detention

Most kids are being detained for non-violent offenses.

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Race Disparities

66% of detained juveniles are youth of color.

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