Juvenile Detention Facility Assessment

2014 Update

By the Annie E. Casey Foundation

May 20, 2014


This publication provides a guide to help Juvenile Detention Alternatives Initiaitve sites improve conditions in juvenile detention facilities. Since 2004, officials in JDAI sites have assessed, improved and monitored conditions in juvenile detention facilities using a set of standards published by the Foundation.

The Foundation has issued this revised version of the standards to acknowledge and incorporate regulations that affect the full range of facility operations. This includes the U.S. Department of Justice regulations for the prevention, detection and response to sexual misconduct in juvenile facilities as part of its implementation of the Prison Rape Elimination Act.

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Key Takeaway

Improving conditions in juvenile detention facilities is crucial

Over the years, stakeholders in JDAI sites and other officials have used the standards to improve conditions, policies and practices in their facilities. It is hoped that these revised standards will serve as another important milestone in the efforts to improve the treatment of youth in juvenile detention facilities throughout the country and avoid inadequate and dangerous condictions.

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