Juvenile Detention Alternatives Initiative Scale-Up

Study of Four States

Posted March 1, 2019
By WestEd Justice and Prevention Research Center
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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?