I Was a Kid in Solitary Confinement

At age 16, Alyssa B. was sent to adult prison, where she spent 23 hours a day in lockdown without positive human contact or regular programming. This post, written by Alyssa B., recounts the life-changing experience and reveals what justice-involved youth really need to turn their lives around.

June 15, 2017

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Meet the 2017 JDAI Distinguished System Leadership Award Winners

Three individuals, Toni Carter, Lisa Garry and Kurt Wolf, earned this year’s JDAI Distinguished System Leadership Award, which recognizes stakeholders who have leveraged data and innovative partnerships to realize lasting juvenile justice reforms. The award is the highest honor that the Annie E. Casey Foundation bestows on an individual or team working at a Juvenile Detention Alternatives Initiative site.

April 29, 2017

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Law Enforcement Has a Powerful Role to Play in Advancing JDAI

A new practice guide and executive summary highlight the importance of training law enforcement commanders and patrol officers on the developmental differences between youth and adults. This knowledge — coupled with a commitment to treating youth in age-appropriate ways — can make a powerful and positive difference in young people’s lives. 

April 17, 2017

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State Leaders Study Virginia Juvenile Justice Transformation

The National Governors Association is bringing representatives of five states and territories to Richmond, Virginia, this week to learn about Virginia’s transformation in juvenile justice and its specific strategies for reducing juvenile incarceration, an evolution the Casey Foundation has invested in and supported with technical assistance for the past two years.

April 11, 2017

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