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
Acting: Roger Oliveira, Acting Clerk Magistrate, Bristol County Juvenile Court, firstname.lastname@example.org
Honorable Siobhan Foley, Associate Justice, Bristol County Juvenile Court, Siobhan.email@example.com
Honorable Lois Eaton, Associate Justice, Hampden County Juvenile Court, firstname.lastname@example.org
Alex Sales, Acting Western Regional Director, Department of Youth Services, Alex.B.Sales@state.ma.us
Honorable Jay Blitzman, First Justice, Middlesex County Juvenile Court, email@example.com
Stephen L. Allsopp, Chief of Probation, Middlesex County Juvenile Court, Stephen.Allsopp@jud.state.ma.us
Janelle Ridley, Boston Public Schools, firstname.lastname@example.org
Assistant Chief Probation Officer (pending)
Jamie Bennett, Attorney in Charge, Youth Advocacy Division, email@example.com
Steven McKeown, Assistant Chief Probation Officer, Worcester County Juvenile Court, firstname.lastname@example.org
For additional JDAI committee information, please select one of the following:
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.