Timely Justice: Improving JDAI Results Through Case Processing Reforms

A Guide to Juvenile Detention Reform #12

By the Annie E. Casey Foundation

September 11, 2017

Summary

This JDAI practice guide offers practical steps that all juvenile justice systems can take to implement case processing reforms as a means for safely and equitably reducing the use of juvenile detention. This publication makes the case that with a renewed focus on how cases move through the juvenile justice system, jurisdictions could lower their use of juvenile detention and positively affect racial and ethnic disparities, rearrest and court appearance rates, program participation in detention alternatives and system costs, to name a few. System professionals will learn effective approaches to achieving more timely justice and overcoming common obstacles and challenges to case processing reform.

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The Meaning of Timely Justice? Limiting Delays That Harm Young People or Undermine Equal Justice and Public Safety

Case processing delays vary in many places, many times as a function of race, ethnicity or gender. This JDAI practice guide offers practical steps that juvenile justice systems can take to lessen the need for detention and reduce unnecessary delay. The guide presents effective approaches to achieving more timely justice and to overcoming common obstacles and challenges to reform.  

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