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ERIC Number: ED507789
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2009
Pages: 37
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 0
Two Decades of JDAI: From Demonstration Project to National Standard. A Progress Report
Mendel, Richard
Annie E. Casey Foundation
Launched in the 1990s by the Annie E. Casey Foundation as a five-site demonstration project, the Juvenile Detention Alternatives Initiative (JDAI) has steadily swept the country in recent years and is on track to become the standard of practice for how local justice systems nationwide handle the critical front end of the juvenile court process. This report documents JDAI's recent progress both in reforming juvenile detention practices nationwide and also in contributing to the larger movement for more comprehensive reforms in juvenile justice. This report discusses the following: (1) why juvenile detention reform matters; (2) how JDAI works; (3) how widely the JDAI model is being replicated nationwide; (4) the participating sites that have been achieved through detention reform; (5) how detention reform has stimulated or supported broader changes in juvenile justice; and (6) the future challenges for JDAI. (Contains 18 figures and 15 endnotes.)
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Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Adult Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: Annie E. Casey Foundation