Planning for Juvenile Detention Reforms

A Structured Approach

By the Annie E. Casey Foundation

February 2, 1999


This report—the first installment in a series devoted to revolutionizing detention programs and practices in America—shares the struggles and successes of three sites in Casey's Juvenile Detention Alternatives Initiative (JDAI) that had walked the reform walk. Learn what they had to say about engaging experts, overcoming resistance and more in this 5-stage planning guide geared toward building a solid foundation for real-world detention reform. 

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Key Takeaway

The JDAI 5-stage planning approach helps sites identify resource drains, unfair admission practices and urgent reform needs.

This report describes a 5-stage approach to planning for juvenile detention reform. These stages are: 1. Paint a detailed picture of the current system and future needs; 2. Identify local juvenile detention goals; 3. Select reform strategies; 4. Identify cost, resources and barriers to reform; 5. Draft the action plan.

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