Juvenile Detention Alternatives Initiative Scale-Up

Study of Four States

By WestEd Justice and Prevention Research Center

March 1, 2019


This document examines how Indiana, Massachusetts, Missouri and New Mexico have expanded the Juvenile Detention Alternatives Initiative® (JDAI) to more counties within their states. Stakeholders from the four states reflect on this work and offer peers in other states advice on scaling up JDAI®. Their recommendations include building buy-in at the state and local levels and involving judiciary leadership early, since judges can be particularly effective in advancing JDAI’s goals.

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A deeper understanding of what it takes to grow JDAI

This report asked three questions to learn more about how states experience the process of JDAI scale-up. These questions were: 1. How did the juvenile justice system structure, history, motivation and leadership in each state influence their scale-up process? 2. How did sites implemented the eight JDAI core strategies to move JDAI to scale? 3. What did respondents report as their biggest successes, challenges and lessons learned from the scale-up process?

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