The first-ever JDAI results report to paint an initiative-wide portrait shows sites achieving significant gains in curbing the use of detention and tens of millions of public and private dollars being invested in support of those efforts. Improved data collection and reporting from JDAI’s 34 grantees enabled the initiative to synthesize detention statistics submitted in September 2009 from the 102 local sites. The report measures the impact of JDAI reforms at those sites in areas such as detention utilization, commitments and placements, and public safety.

January 1, 2009

In This Report, You’ll Learn

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    Why annual results reports are useful in assessing and improving the Juvenile Detention Alternatives Initiative.

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    The 3 core areas in which results are measured, and the methodology to ensure consistent and accurate reporting from year to year.

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    How the reports are analyzed and how the results are used.

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    Key problems with the Annual Results data.

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    Key findings of the JDAI Annual Results Report, assessing detention utilization, post-disposition, public safety, racial and ethnic disparities, influence, and leverage.

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    A summary of findings by indicator.

Key Takeaway

There have been 1,927 fewer youth held in secure detention across JDAI grantees.

While there has been significant improvement in reporting between 2008 and 2009, indicators remain overwhelmingly underreported from year-to-year.

Findings & Stats

Statements & Quotations