ERIC Number: ED441047
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1999
Reference Count: N/A
The JDAI Story: Building a Better Juvenile Detention System. Pathways to Juvenile Detention Reform. Overview.
This monograph describes the work of five Juvenile Detention Alternatives Initiative (JDAI) sites designed to streamline and rationalize local juvenile detention systems and to reduce overcrowding in juvenile detention centers, thus improving conditions and saving jurisdictions money in overtime and additional staff and millions of dollars to construct new facilities. JDAI efforts went against a popular tide of mounting arrests and skyrocketing detentions. To meet specific JDAI objectives of substituting community-based alternatives for confinement in detention centers, participating localities had to bring a new degree of rationality to systems lacking such attributes. Each site had to form a central coordinating collaborative of government and nonprofit agencies and officials with a role or interest in juvenile justice. The collaborative process sparked both procedural and program reforms. JDAI sites established an array of community-based programs to meet the needs of different youth. Overall, the program has been successful. In areas where the grant is completed, the collaborative approach remains. The number of youth admitted to detention centers declined at those sites. Sites made significant progress in speeding up case processing. Numerous positive changes were introduced in the different sites to improve conditions. (SM)
Descriptors: Adolescents, Cooperative Planning, Delinquency, Institutional Environment, Juvenile Justice, Living Standards, Youth Problems
Annie E. Casey Foundation, 701 St. Paul Street, Baltimore, MD 21202. Tel: 410-547-6600; Fax: 410-547-6624; Web site: http://www.aecf.org.
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Annie E. Casey Foundation, Baltimore, MD.