State-Level Detention Reform

A Practice Guide for State Advisory Groups #3

By the Annie E. Casey Foundation

January 1, 2008


This practice guide is specifically aimed at State Advisory Group (SAG) members who advise and guide the implementation of the federal Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Act (JJDPA), offering recommendations, case studies and examples of ways to generate and lead an effective detention reform effort. The guide uses Casey’s JDAI reform efforts as examples of what can be accomplished and the results being achieved.

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Key Takeaway

True state-level detention reform takes commitment and collaboration

Creating reform takes a concerted effort, especially for the justice system. Creating lasting detention reform means that every decision maker must be at the table – judges, law enforcement, prosecutors, defenders, probation officers, social workers, legislators, governor’s reps.… Without committed policymakers, success for even the most effectively designed program can be derailed as support and implementation become problematic.

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