Beyond Bars

Keeping Young People Safe at Home and Out of Youth Prisons

This report provides a clear blueprint for closing youth prisons and replacing them with community-based juvenile justice services. Readers will learn how this new system can hold youth accountable — without resorting to incarceration — while cultivating a young person’s strengths, interests and sense of belonging. 

January 7, 2017

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Blog Post

Honoring Its Roots, JDAI Selects Florida for National Conference

The Casey Foundation will commemorate the 25th anniversary of its Juvenile Detention Alternatives Initiative (JDAI) during the JDAI Inter-Site Conference in Orlando, Florida. Fittingly, detention reforms in Broward County inspired the creation of the initiative more than two decades ago.

January 5, 2017

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The Future of Youth Justice

A Community-Based Alternative to the Youth Prison Model

America’s longstanding youth prison model, which emphasizes confinement and control, exacerbates youth trauma and inhibits positive growth while failing to address public safety.  This report delivers a clear and compelling call to close these youth prisons. It also introduces readers to an alternate model — rooted in a continuum of community-based programs — that aims to set all children on a pathway to success.

October 21, 2016

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