On the Ground in Montana

Juvenile Detention Alternatives Initiative (JDAI)

JDAI is a site-based effort to reduce the use of juvenile detention — the holding of youth before adjudication — and increase more effective interventions. Learn more about what happens in a juvenile detention center and the importance of juvenile detention alternatives now!


A group of child advocacy and research organizations representing every state and using data to promote smart policies on issues ranging from child welfare and juvenile justice to education and economic opportunity. 

Lessons From Montana

Examining How JDAI Sites Interact with Native Youth and Tribes

Funded by Casey Foundation, this report examines how Juvenile Detention Alternatives Initiative® (JDAI) sites interact with Native American youth and tribes to support appropriate cultural alternatives to detention. In addition to identifying areas of concern and best practices, the publication notes that sites across the nation are largely failing to utilize culturally relevant approaches and outreach efforts that meet the unique needs of American Indian youth.

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