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Juvenile Detention Alternatives Initiative (JDAI)

The Juvenile Detention Alternatives Initiative (JDAI), a project of the Annie E. Casey Foundation, has demonstrated that jurisdictions can safely reduce the use of secure confinement without impacting public safety. JDAI is based on eight core strategies that address the reasons why youth are unnecessarily detained. The eight core strategies are : collaboration, data driven decisions, objective admissions, alternatives to detention, case processing, special detention cases, reducing racial disparity, and conditions of confinement. JDAI helps restructure policy and practice to create system improvements.

JDAI Mission:

“To provide individualized supervision, care, and treatment in a manner consistent with public safety to those youth under age 18 at the time of referral who violate the law. Further, the Juvenile Justice System shall recognize and encourage prevention efforts through the support of programs and services designed to meet the needs of those youth who are identified as being at-risk or violating the law and those whose behavior is such that they endanger themselves or others”.

JDAI in Lancaster County:

In 2017, Lancaster County officially signed on as a Juvenile Detention Alternatives Initiative (JDAI) site. As a result, the Juvenile Justice Review Committee was renamed to what we now call the JDAI Collaborative. This is a large group of juvenile justice related community stakeholders that oversee juvenile justice efforts and funding opportunities in Lancaster County. Agendas and minutes for the JDAI Collaborative can be found below.

For further information, please contact Becky Steiner at 402-441-8495.

JDAI Collaborative Meeting

2018 Agenda Minutes
January 12 12
June 8 8
July 25 25
September 7 7
November 2 2
2019 Agenda Minutes
February 8 8
May 31 31

Prevention Subcommittee

2018 Agenda Minutes
October 19 19
2019 Agenda Minutes
January 11 11
February 4 4

Family Engagement Subcommittee

2018 Agenda Minutes
November 16 16
2019 Agenda Minutes
January 11 11
February 8 8
March 22 22
July 23 23

Case Processing Subcommittee

2018 Agenda Minutes
November 16 16
2019 Agenda Minutes
January 9 9
March 29 29
July 26 26

JDAI Reports

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