Fundamentally, those involved in Massachusetts JDAI value using data to guide decision making. Use of accurate data, both to diagnose the system’s problems and proclivities and to assess the impact of various reforms, is critical. Without hard facts, myths and anecdotes will rule the system and preclude agreement on key aspects of policy and practice.

Massachusetts Juvenile Justice system by the numbers 2013:  17,505 delinquency complaints, 5,828 youth arraigned on delinquency, 1,990 youth were admitted to bail, and 386 youth were committed to DYS.

Explore the links below to learn more about the juvenile justice system in Massachusetts.



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


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