Alternatives to Detention

Co-Chairs:

Case Processing

Co-Chairs:

  • Erica Cushna, Trial Panel Director, Youth Advocacy Department, CPCS, ecushna@publiccounsel.net
  • Judge Kerry Ahern, Associate Justice, Essex County Juvenile Court

Conditions of Confinement

Co-Chairs:

Data Subcommittee

Co-chairs:

Risk Assessment Instrument (Closed group)

Co-Chairs:

Special Populations

Co-Chairs:

  • Catherine Coughlin, State Bail Administrator, Executive Office of the Trial Court
  • John Millett, Supervisor for Probation Services, Office of the Commissioner of Probation, john.millett@jud.state.ma.us



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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.