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Casey Foundation Makes Clear: JDAI is Now a System-Wide Juvenile Reform Movement

The Annie E. Casey Foundation’s Juvenile Detention Alternatives Initiative – known widely in the field simply as JDAI – is the longest-running philanthropic reform effort in juvenile justice. And in commencing this year’s JDAI conference for those involved in it across hundreds of sites in the country, the man in charge of it acknowledged that the name was no longer accurate.

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New Training Available for Juvenile Justice Systems that Want to Remake Probation

A new program has been announced that is designed to help juvenile justice leaders rethink what their probation services look like and how it interacts with young people. The Transforming Juvenile Probation certificate program will be November 4-8 in Washington, D.C.

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Lisa Hamilton to Succeed Patrick McCarthy at Annie E. Casey Foundation

Lisa Hamilton has been named the next CEO of the Baltimore-based Annie E. Casey Foundation (AECF), one of the nation’s most active grant makers on both child welfare and juvenile justice issues.


Report: Under Trump Immigration Agenda, Detained Juveniles At Risk of Deportation

The Trump administration’s policies on immigration and deportation are increasing the risk of juvenile justice system-involvement and trauma among children and youth, according to advocates. The Annie E. Casey Foundation just released an update to its 2014 guide, “Noncitizen Youth in the Juvenile Justice System,” in which it outlines policy and practice recommendations for city and state governments interfacing with federal immigration mandates.

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The JDAI Conference is Back!

Let the punch flow far and wide: the Juvenile Detention Alternatives Initiative (JDAI) Inter-Site Conference is back! JDAI is the Annie E. Casey Foundation’s efforts to reduce the use of pretrial detention in the juvenile justice system.


JDAI Juvenile Detention Facility Standards

This instrument is designed to facilitate a site assessment of a juvenile detention facility and does not cover every aspect of proper juvenile facility functioning. Any omission of an area of facility functioning does not reflect a judgment about the importance of that area.

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    Detention Overrides Can Become a Rule-Eating Exception

    Detention risk assessments are hardly a sexy subject. But in the juvenile justice system, they are in fact a moral declaration of fairness. It is a reflection of a system thinking about what factors contribute to a risky enough situation that detaining a youth before trial is necessary.

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    Juvenile Justice Conference Week: Running Diary

    In case ya missed it, Youth Services Insider spent last week traversing the country to hit both of the major national juvenile justice conferences. First was the Annie E. Casey Foundation’s JDAI Inter-Site conference in Phoenix; second was the National Partnership for Juvenile Services (NPJS) National Symposium in Pittsburgh.

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    Live from NPJS: Day Three of Juvenile Justice Conference Week

    Greetings from Pittsburgh! From the desert heat of Phoenix, we descend out of the sky on rainy Iron City for the National Partnership for Juvenile Services (NPJS) annual symposium. This is leg two of Youth Services Insider’s juvenile justice two-step.