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Juvenile Detention Alternatives Initiative (JDAI)

Juvenile Detention Alternatives Initiative (JDAI)

In August of 2014, Monroe County became the 19th Indiana county to participate in the Juvenile Detention Alternatives Initiative (JDAI).  
JDAI is a national juvenile justice improvement initiative developed by the Annie E. Casey Foundation.  The JDAI has been replicated across the country, proving to be successful in minimizing detention over-crowding, reducing the need to build more expensive facilities, improving efficiencies in the juvenile justice system operations, and producing better outcomes for youth and their families.  Most importantly, JDAI has achieved successful outcomes while protecting community safety.  
Indiana is one of over 200 JDAI sites in 39 states and the District of Columbia to implement the eight (8) core strategies of JDAI to enhance and improve their juvenile justice systems.  The JDAI process acknowledges the importance of having the family and communities of youth most affected by the juvenile justice system working in partnership with the juvenile justice system staff and community based organizations throughout the system improvement process.  This engagement typically includes parents and other family members, community leaders, victims and youth. Additional information on the JDAI model and the Annie E. Casey Foundation can be found at
The JDAI process involves the implementation of its “Eight Core Strategies.”  
Juvenile Detention Alternatives Initiative (JDAI) Eight Core Strategies 
JDAI sites pursue eight (8) interrelated core strategies to accomplish objectives.  
  1. Collaboration between juvenile justice agencies, other governmental entities, and community organizations. 
  2. Use of accurate data to diagnose the system's problems and to assess the impact of programs and reforms.  
  3. Objective admissions decisions including use of validated risk assessment instruments. 
  4. New or enhanced alternatives to secure detention to increase the options available for arrested youth.
  5. Expedited case processing through the system. 
  6. “Special case” processing (probation violations, warrants, youth awaiting placement) to minimize detention time. 
  7. Reducing racial, ethnic and gender disparities to eliminate bias and ensure a level playing field for all youth.
  8. Improving conditions of confinement.  

The Monroe County Community System Assessment Report contains recommendations that include a JDAI Steering Committee to be chaired by Judge Galvin in addition to various work groups to develop recommendations related to JDAI’s eight core strategies.  

Juvenile Detention Alternatives Initiative (JDAI) Brochure 2022

Monroe County JDAI Project Committees: (all committees meet quarterly)

  • Steering Committee – Discusses progress of the entire JDAI project and the work of all JDAI committees.
  • Detention Alternatives and Admissions – Committee was formerly Purpose of Detention and Alternatives to Detention Workgroup. The Alternatives and Admissions Committee monitors the use of the Detention Risk Assessment Instrument and Alternatives to Detention. 
  • Data Workgroup – Monitors statistics and provides information to the committees in order to make data-driven decisions.
  • Race, Ethnicity, and Inclusion (REI) – Work is completed to advance equal opportunities for all and to improve outcomes for children, families, and the community. As part of REI, a REI data workgroup and a community engagement workgroup were formed.  The REI data workgroup will work to identify areas of disproportionality while the REI community engagement workgroup will assist in identifying community values through community collaboration.


  • Day Reporting/Treatment Program – Implemented in partnership with Family Solutions. These alternative programs ceased operations in August of 2019 due to low referral numbers.
  • High School Equivalency Classes – Partnership with Adult Basic Education, a Division of Monroe County Community School Corporation. The grant also paid for TASC exams as a barrier buster for those clients who needed financial support.
  • JDAI Facility Assessment Training for Conditions of Confinement Facility Assessment Team - Training included presenters from the Indiana Youth Team, Indiana Department of Correction, and State JDAI Team.  This training was required for all those participating in the Facility Assessment.
  • JDAI Conditions of Confinement Facility Assessment Team Site Visit in February 2019 – In 2018, the local JDAI Steering Committee started the process of preparing for assessing the conditions of confinement in the juvenile detention facility used by Monroe County, Southwest Indiana Regional Youth Village (SWIRYV) in Vincennes, Indiana. Through a joint effort with Owen County, committee members embarked on the site visit assessment on February 4 and February 5, 2019.  Following the site visit the committee met with the administration staff of SWIRYV on March 1, 2019 to review the committee’s findings.  A report regarding the assessment was finalized in August of 2019 (“Conditions of Confinement Report”). 
  • Meeting with Police re: Detention Risk Assessment Instrument (DRAI) - Judge Galvin met with local police officers to explain the use of the DRAI to assist with making decisions regarding detention.
  • Race, Ethnicity, and Inclusion (REI) - In 2019, the local JDAI formed a new committee “Race, Equity, and Inclusion.” This REI committee and REI work groups (including REI Community Engagement Work Group) started meeting in 2019.
  • Center for Children's Law and Policy Presentation to Monroe County JDAI Steering Committee

2020 JDAI Alternative Program Highlights:

  • Anti-racism Trainings – More than 21 hours of training were provided to 100 staff and community members on racial justice.
  • REI Community Engagement Book Club – Twelve staff and community members meet regularly to discuss books on race and equity.
  • Alliances to Disseminate Addiction Prevention and Treatment (ADAPT) – The local JDAI initiative joined a partnership to develop and study the efficacy of substance abuse education through local mental health facilities.
  • Children’s Law and Public Policy (CCLP) – Collaboration began to explore how our community can best support youth and families, and particularly youth and families of color, without relying on referrals to law enforcement and the juvenile justice system.


Date Course Title Training Sponsor              CEU Hours
February 2019-October 2019     Implicit Bias Train the Trainer      State JDAI                    44.5 hours
March 6, 2019 Introduction to Analyzing Poverty, Class, and Race    Child Advocates 3 hours
April 23, 2019 Traumatic Stress and Racial Trauma Bloomington Meadows 2 hours
April 24, 2019 History of Race, What is Race and Racism            People’s Institute            3 hours
May 8, 2019        Understanding and Recognizing Implicit Bias        Indiana Youth Institute 1 hour
June 27, 2019 How to Talk About Race People’s Institute 5.5 hours
August 8, 2019 Screening and Facilitate Discussion “13 State JDAI 1 hour
September 16–20, 2019  Interrupting Racism Child Advocates 14 hours
October 17, 2019 Trafficking in the LBGTQ+ Community  Indiana Youth Institute 1.5 hours
November 20-21, 2019   Power and Privilege Beth Applegate 12 hours
May 15, 2020 Youth Racial Stress and Trauma The Institute for Innovation & Implementation 1 hour
August 26 and 27, 2020 Introduction to Systemic Racism Crossroads Antiracism Organizing and Training 5 hours
October 1 & 2, 2020 Introduction to Systemic Racism Crossroads Antiracism Organizing and Training 5 hours
Fall - Winter 2020 Introduction to Systemic Racism Crossroads Antiracism Organizing and Training 5 hours
November 17 and 18, 2020 Introduction to Systemic Racism Crossroads Antiracism Organizing and Training 5 hours
May 17 and 18, 2021 Interrupting Racism for Children Child Advocates 14 hours
May 20 and 21, 2021 Interrupting Racism for Children Child Advocates 14 hours
June 21 and 22, 2021 Interrupting Racism for Children Child Advocates 14 hours

Monroe County JDAI Virtual Book Club

June 4, 2020  – July 30, 2020       BIASED – Uncovering the Hidden Prejudice that Shapes What We See, Think, and Do” by Jennifer L. Eberhardt
September 2020 – November 2020                 So You Want to Talk About Race” by Ijeoma Oluo
January 2021 – June 2021 “The New Jim Crow:  Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness”                                      by Michelle Alexander

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