Reducing Unnecessary Delay

Innovations in Case Processing

By the Annie E. Casey Foundation

June 1, 2009

Summary

This report, the fifth installment in a series devoted to revolutionizing detention programs in America, spotlights how sites can streamline case processing procedures to move juveniles into — and out of — detention more quickly. The end result? A cheaper, more efficient system that everyone — public officials, justice-involved youth and even politicians — can appreciate. 

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Key Takeaway

Juvenile detention sites share their tried-and-true solutions for faster case processing

This report shares six tips from Juvenile Detention Alternatives Initiative (JDAI) sites that undertook — and succeeded in — streamlining case processing in their jurisdictions. Some of their advice? Get the judges on board; don’t tackle this reform effort first; and accurate, trusted data is vital for system change.

Findings & Stats

Model Move: Sacramento

Sacramento County’s juvenile justice officials were able to resolve cases involving detained youth five times faster — in just five days — thanks to its Detention Early Resolution (DER) effort.

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