Barbara Morton, JDAI State Coordinator, 508-475-2707
Lynsey M. Heffernan, JDAI Detention Reform Specialist, 508-475-2716

Governance Committee Members:

Board Member
Agency Affiliation
Committee Involvement
Dr. Melinda BooneSuperintendent, Worcester Public SchoolsGovernance, Member: Worcester County Committee
Frances CarboneDirector of Program Operations, Department of Children and FamiliesGovernance
Wes Cotter, EsqChief Operating Officer, Key Program, Inc.Governance, Co-Chair Alternatives to Detention Committee
Erica Cushna, EsqTrial Panel Director, Youth Advocacy Department, CPCSGovernance, Co-Chair: Case Processing Committee
Glenn DalyDirector, Office of Youth Development, Office of Children, Youth and Families, Executive Office of Health and Human ServicesGovernance
Edward DolanCommissioner, Office of ProbationGovernance
Peter ForbesCommissioner, Department of Youth ServicesGovernance
Chief Alan GordonMassachusetts Chiefs of Police AssociationGovernance, Alternative to Detention Committee
Lisa LambertExecutive Director, Parent Professional Advocacy LeagueGovernance
Francyne LefemineChief of Probation, Worcester County Juvenile CourtGovernance, Member: Worcester County committee; Co-Chair: Risk Assessment Instrument Committee, Case Processing Committee
John MillettSupervisor, Probation Services Juvenile CourtGovernance, Member: Alternatives to Detention Committee, Special Populations
Barbara MortonJDAI State Coordinator & Central Regional Director, Department of Youth ServicesGovernance, Co-Chair: Risk Assessment Instrument Committee, Member: Worcester County Committee
James MortonDeputy Court Administrator, Administrative Office of the Juvenile CourtGovernance, Member: Risk Assessment Instrument Committee and Data Committee
Honorable Sally PaddenFirst Justice, Essex County Juvenile CourtGovernance, Member: Essex County committee. Co-Chair: Case Processing
Debra Pinals, MDAssistant Commissioner of Forensic Mental Health Services, Department of Mental HealthGovernance
Andrew PolkJuvenile Justice Specialist/Disproportionate Minority Contact Reduction Specialist, Executive Office of Public Safety and SecurityGovernance, Member: Racial and Ethnic Disparities and Suffolk County Committees
Robert WentworthAssistant Commissioner of Planning and Program Development, Department of Children and FamiliesGovernance



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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.