• Governance Committee Members
  • Statewide Subcommittees
  • County Subcommittees
  • 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
    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
    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
    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

    County Subcommittees:

    Bristol

    Co-Chairs:

    Essex

    Co-Chair:

    Hampden

    Co-Chair:

    Middlesex

    Co-Chair:

    Suffolk

    Co-Chair:

    Worcester

    Co-Chair:


    Statewide Subcommittees:

    Alternatives to Detention

    Co-Chairs:

    Case Processing

    Co-Chairs:

    Conditions of Confinement

    Co-Chairs:

    Data Subcommittee

    Co-chairs:

    Racial and Ethnic Disparities (RED) formally called Disproportionate Minority Contact (DMC) 

    Co-Chairs: Currently Vacant

    Risk Assessment Instrument (Closed group)

    Co-Chairs:

    Special Populations

    Co-Chairs:



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.