On the Ground in Wisconsin

Juvenile Detention Alternatives Initiative®

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. 

Center for Working Families

An effective strategy to assist low-income individuals and families with reaching financial stability and moving up the economic ladder.

Lessons From Wisconsin

Giving Former Prisoners Positive Returns

Read the story of Rodney Evans, a former addict who got his life back on track with help from Project RETURN, a support program for ex-prisoners. The Casey Foundation supports reentry work through programs, policies and practices that improve the employment prospects of former prisoners in an effort to reduce recidivism, increase public safety and improve outcomes for children and families affected by incarceration.

June 20, 2011

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Overview: The JDAI Story

Building a Better Juvenile Detention System

Th is publication provides an overview of the Juvenile Detention Alternatives Initiative (JDAI), a multi-million dollar, five year, five-site experiment designed to streamline and rationalize local juvenile detention systems.

January 1, 1999

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Planning for Juvenile Detention Reforms

A Structured Approach

This planning approach is designed to help jurisdictions gain an accurate understanding of their own detention policies, practices and problems. Its structured planning model has been tested and refined at various sites over a five-year period, and it makes reference to a variety of solutions to juvenile detention problems.

February 1, 1999

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A Doctor When We Need One

Access to Healthcare in Wisconsin for Immigrant Children and Families

From flu shots to school physicals, basic medical care is vital to growing up healthy. Yet, for immigrant families, the hurdles to health care can be steep. This policy brief is set in Wisconsin but packed with statistics, stories and solutions that cross all geographic boundaries. Its main message? We must do more to connect America’s immigrant families with quality, timely medical care — and here’s how.  

September 23, 2011

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A Work in Progress

Case Studies in Changing Local Workforce Development Systems

This report evaluates the Jobs Initiative, Casey's six-city, eight-year effort to engage local institutions and stakeholders while identifying ways to improve workforce development services for disadvantaged job seekers. The ultimate goal was to find improved workforce development approaches and create large-scale, system-wide change.  

August 22, 2005

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