With the support of the Annie E. Casey Foundation and Massachusetts Juvenile Justice leaders, we have set several high-level strategic objectives for JDAI.

They are captured in four main strategic planning goals:

  1. Reduce detention rates of low-risk youth
  2. Identify Opportunities to Reduce Lengths of Stay in Detention through Case Processing Reforms
  3. Reduce Racial and Ethnic Disparities
  4. Replicate JDAI with Fidelity at the Local Level

From these goals, JDAI leaders at both the county level and state level determine objectives and activities necessary to make progress on each of these goals. 

The JDAI Governance Committee has worked over several months to refine and hone the activities for years: 2016 – 2018.

We are glad to share this work with the juvenile justice community. JDAI work plans are ever-evolving and the Governance Committee certainly expects this plan to change, grow and reflect developing priorities over time.

To that end, we are also sharing our 90-180 day plan of action.  Please pursue these documents and share your feedback on the work at your local committee, your statewide committee, or at jdai@state.ma.us.



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.