Juvenile Detention Alternative Initiative (JDAI)
11/06 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
The Juvenile Detention Alternatives Initiative (JDAI) began in 1992 by the Annie E Casey Foundation in response to the high number of low-level juvenile offenders that were held in secure facilities across the country. The initiative set out to demonstrate that jurisdictions could safely reduce their reliance on secure confinement, and strengthen their juvenile justice systems, by utilizing a series of 8 core reform strategies. These strategies include: collaborating; using data to inform decisions; having an objective admissions process; having an array of alternatives to detention; reforming the case processing process; reducing racial disparities; improving the conditions of confinement; and paying attention to special detention cases. JDAI is active in 39 states and over 200 jurisdictions. NH has been a JDAI site since the early 2000s.