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  • Juvenile Detention Alternatives Initiative (JDAI) logo of a child reaching for stars with a map of Massachusetts in the background.

    What is JDAI?

    Juvenile Detention Alternatives Initiative (JDAI) is a national systems-reform initiative working to improve the detention decision-point in the juvenile justice system.

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  • Image of a man speaking with a juvenile who has been detained.

    Dangers of Juvenile Detention

    Secure detention does more harm than good for the majority of youth held, especially on minor and nonviolent offenses.

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  • A map of Massachusetts with a caption stating JADIA is reforming detention practices in 40 states across America.

    JDAI in Massachusetts

    Massachusetts began as an Annie E. Casey JDAI site in 2006 with two counties, Worcester and Suffolk (Boston), and has grown to a state-wide initiative.  

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  • A sample bar graph showing how JDAI uses data to guide decision-making.

    JDAI Data

    Partners involved in Massachusetts JDAI value using data to guide decision-making and improve outcomes for youth.

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  • A group of individuals receiving awards for their efforts with JDAI

    Current Initiatives

    JDAI partners are active in several state-wide and regional initiatives.

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The Juvenile Detention Alternative Initiative (JDAI) in Massachusetts works to ensure that “the right youth, is in the right place, for the right reasons.”


This information is provided by the Massachusetts Juvenile Detention Alternative Initiative.