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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 https://www.aecf.org/work/juvenile-justice/jdai//
 
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.  

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