ERIC Number: ED438365
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1999
Juvenile Jailhouse Rocked: Reforming Detention in Chicago, Portland, and Sacramento.
In 1992, the Annie E. Casey Foundation launched the Juvenile Detention Alternatives Initiative (JDAI), which sought to demonstrate that communities could improve their detention systems without sacrificing public safety. It awarded grants to five urban jurisdictions in order to: reach consensus among all juvenile justice agencies about the purpose of secure detention, and eliminate inappropriate or unnecessary use; reduce the number of alleged delinquents who fail to appear in court or commit a new offense; use limited juvenile justice resources in a more efficient manner by developing responsible alternatives to secure confinement; and improve conditions and alleviate overcrowding in secure facilities. The report reviews the work at three sites (Cook Co., Illinois; Portland, Oregon; and Sacramento, California). The use of JDAI's key detention reform strategies (collaborative planning and decision making, objective admissions practices, case processing innovations, and alternative programs) results in notable achievements in detention reform in all three localities. The report also discusses the sites' efforts to improve the conditions of confinement in detention centers and to reduce the disproportionate number of minorities incarcerated there. (SM)
Descriptors: Admission Criteria, Adolescents, Cooperative Planning, Delinquency, Juvenile Justice, Minority Groups, Urban Areas, Youth Problems
Annie E. Casey Foundation, 701 St. Paul Street, Baltimore, MD 21202. Tel: 410-547-6600; Fax: 410-547-6624. For full text: http://www.aecf.org.
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Annie E. Casey Foundation, Baltimore, MD.
Identifiers - Location: California; Illinois; Oregon