8th Annual JDAI Statewide Conference Focuses on Reform Efforts, Research and Results in Massachusetts 

Nearly 300 juvenile justice professionals and advocates from across Massachusetts convened on October 29, 2015 to highlight how data-driven partnerships between the court, juvenile justice agencies, and other community and family stakeholders are striving to reduce the overuse of pre-adjudication detention for low-offending youth.

Nate Balis, Director of the Juvenile Justice Strategy Group of the Annie E. Casey Foundation, delivered a keynote citing that Massachusetts matters in the national conversation of building juvenile detention reform practices.

Dr. Joseph Doyle, Ph.D., Professor of Applied MIT Sloan School of Management presented research on the long-term outcomes of juvenile incarceration.

Conference attendees also participated in various educational workshops where.

Topics included:

  • Implementing System Reform for Girls
  • Keeping Youth Off Drugs and Out of Detention
  • What About School? Educational Services and Advocacy for Youth in Detention
  • Using Data to Reduce Racial and Ethnic Disparities

Click here to view a list  of materials from the 8th Annual JDAI Massachusetts Conference

Questions, contact: JDAI@mass.state.gov


Photos from the 2015 JDAI Statewide Conference

Honorable Jay Blitzman, Middlesex County and Nate Balis, Annie E. Casey Foundation
Honorable Jay Blitzman, Middlesex County and Nate Balis, Annie E. Casey Foundation
Jane E. Tewksbury, former DYS Commissioner
Jane E. Tewksbury, former DYS Commissioner
Lynsey Heffernan, JDAI State Coordinator presents on the 2015-2017 JDAI Strategic Planning Goals
Lynsey Heffernan, JDAI State Coordinator presents on the 2015-2017 JDAI Strategic Planning Goals
Professor Francine Sherman, Boston College Law School
Professor Francine Sherman, Boston College Law School
Promising Practice Awardees – Bristol County Triage Program Susan Oliveria, Department of Children & Families John Tweedie, New Bedford Public Schools Kate Concannon, DYS
Promising Practice Awardees – Bristol County Triage ProgramSusan Oliveria, Department of Children & FamiliesJohn Tweedie, New Bedford Public SchoolsKate Concannon, DYS
Professor Joseph Doyle, MIT Lieutenant Leonard DiPietro, Jacqueline Rose, Cambridge Police Department
Professor Joseph Doyle, MIT Lieutenant Leonard DiPietro, Jacqueline Rose, Cambridge Police Department
Kathy Simon, LICSW Lowell Juvenile Court Clinic
Kathy Simon, LICSW Lowell Juvenile Court Clinic
Commissioner Edward Dolan, Probation, Chief Justice Amy L. Nechtem, Jane E. Tewksbury, DYS Commissioner Peter Forbes
Commissioner Edward Dolan, Probation, Chief Justice Amy L. Nechtem, Jane E. Tewksbury, DYS Commissioner Peter Forbes
Dr. Debra Pinals ,Massachusetts  Department of Mental Health
Dr. Debra Pinals ,Massachusetts Department of Mental Health
Shane McMaster, On Point, James Lister, Plummer Home Kimberly Lawrence, Salem Probation, Chief  Carol Clark, Essex Juvenile Probation Lieutenant Dennis King, Salem Police
Shane McMaster, On Point, James Lister, Plummer HomeKimberly Lawrence, Salem Probation, Chief Carol Clark, Essex Juvenile ProbationLieutenant Dennis King, Salem Police



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.