JDAI Massachusetts County Participation

Massachusetts began as an Annie E. Casey Juvenile Detention Alternatives Initiative site in 2006 with two counties, Worcester and Suffolk (Boston).  These sites were chosen for their high number of lower-level juveniles in detention.  Since inception, the decision was made to take the JDAI model state-wide.  In 2009, Middlesex and Essex counties joined the initiative.  In 2013 and 2014 respectively, Bristol and Hampden Counties joined the initiative.  Now JDAI has active local steering committees in six of Massachusetts’ eleven judicial districts.  Those six counties contain all the secure detention centers operated by DYS in the state, and encompass nearly all the major population centers.

JDAI local collaboratives function in six of our eleven judicial districts: Bristol, Essex, Hampden, Middlesex, Suffolk and Worcester.  This represents 73% of all the juveniles who live in Massachusetts, and 85% of all of the detention admissions.

JDAI County Information


Bristol County Bench Card pdf format of Bristol County Bench Card
docx format of                             Bristol County Bench Card

Bristol County Dashboard pdf format of Bristol County Dashboard


Acting: Roger Oliveira, Acting Clerk Magistrate, Bristol County Juvenile Court, roger.oliveira@jud.state.ma.us

Honorable Siobhan Foley, Associate Justice, Bristol County Juvenile Court, Siobhan.foley@jud.state.ma.us


Essex County Bench Card pdf format of Essex County Bench Card
docx format of                             Essex County Bench Card

Essex County Dashboard pdf format of Essex County Dashboard




Hampden County Bench Card pdf format of Hampden County Bench Card
docx format of                             Hampden County Bench Card

Hampden County Dashboard pdf format of Hampden County Dashboard


Honorable Lois Eaton, Associate Justice, Hampden County Juvenile Court, lois.eaton@jud.state.ma.us

Alex Sales, Acting Western Regional Director, Department of Youth Services, Alex.B.Sales@state.ma.us


Middlesex County Bench Card pdf format of Middlesex County Bench Card
docx format of                             Middlesex County Bench Card

Middlesex County Dashboard pdf format of Middlesex County Dashboard


Honorable Jay Blitzman, First Justice, Middlesex County Juvenile Court, jay.blitzman@jud.state.ma.us

Stephen L. Allsopp, Chief of Probation, Middlesex County Juvenile Court, Stephen.Allsopp@jud.state.ma.us


Suffolk County Bench Card  pdf format of Suffolk County Bench Card
docx format of                             Suffolk County Bench Card

Suffolk County Dashboard pdf format of Suffolk County Dashboard


Janelle Ridley, Boston Public Schools, jridley@bostonpublicschools.org

Assistant Chief Probation Officer (pending)


Worcester County Bench Card pdf format of Worcester County Bench Card
docx format of                             Worcester County Bench Card

Worcester County Dashboard pdf format of Worcester County Dashboard


Jamie Bennett, Attorney in Charge, Youth Advocacy Division, jbennett@publiccounsel.net

Steven McKeown, Assistant Chief Probation Officer, Worcester County Juvenile Court, steven.mckeown@jud.state.ma.us

For additional JDAI committee information, please select one of the following:

A flowchart showing the structure of the Massachusetts JDAI Governance Committee.    To the left is the JDAI State Coordinator is Barbara Morton and a list of the State Wide Committees.  These include alternatives to detention, case processing, conditions of confinement, data, racial and ethnic disparities, risk assessment instrument, and special populations.  To the right is JDAI Detention Reform Specialist Lynsey Heffernan and a list of County Committees.  These include Bristol, Essex, Hampden, Middlesex,

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.