Massachusetts is a state-wide JDAI reform jurisdiction.  All of the work of JDAI is done under the Governance Committee which provides support and oversight to all JDAI subcommittees.  Massachusetts does not have a strong county-government, as many executive branch agencies are state-wide themselves.  In addition, the juvenile court, and the probation department are fully integrated across the Commonwealth. Nevertheless, six counties have active local JDAI steering committees meeting mostly on a monthly basis.

These counties tend to have the largest population of juveniles and therefore have the largest dockets of delinquency filing. In addition, to support the work across the state, the Governance Committee has established numerous Statewide subcommittees to look at issues common across the initiative.  

JDAI Structure in Massachusetts

Explore the links below to learn more about the structure of the JDAI 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.