Use of Juvenile Detention Versus Alternative Sentences
|January 28, 2011||Posted by M. P. under Children and Family, Juvenile Delinquency, Policy, Research||
In late 2010, the Juvenile Detention Alternatives Initiative (JDAI), an initiative of the Annie E. Casey Foundation dedicated to juvenile justice reform, released its inaugural results report that included data from all of their grantee locations nationwide.
The report, Juvenile Detention Alternatives Initiative Results Report, 2009, quantifies the impact of the reforms at participating sites including policy and operational changes, use of juvenile detention and public safety. Overall, sites reported a decrease in admission and daily population and 75 percent of the sites claimed a reduction in the average length of stay compared to baseline data from a previous year. The report is available at the Annie E. Casey website.
The use of secure juvenile detention has a high price tag – both fiscally and in the development and safety of the youth the system purports to rehabilitate and protect. Alternatives that balance accountability, cost and public safety, such as those supported by the JDAI, warrant exploration by juvenile justice administrators and other key policymakers.