A juvenile justice reform initiative that ensures that “the right youth, is in the right place, for the right reasons.”
Juvenile Detention Alternatives Initiative (JDAI) is a national systems-reform initiative working to improve the detention component of the juvenile justice system..
The increased and unnecessary use of secure detention exposes troubled young people to an environment that more closely resembles adult prisons and jails than the kinds of community and family-based interventions proven to be most effective.
In October of 2006, the Department of Youth Services of Massachusetts was chosen to participate in an initiative supported by the Annie E. Casey Foundation, known as the Juvenile Detention Alternative Initiative (JDAI).
Partners involved in Massachusetts JDAI value using data to guide decision making. Use of accurate data, both to diagnose the system’s problems and proclivities and to assess the impact of various reforms, is critical.
There are several state-wide and regional initiatives. More information on these ongoing initiatives will be posted on this web page soon.
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.