JDAIJuvenile Detention Alternatives Initiative (justice system reform)
JDAIJoint-SDI (Strategic Defense Initiative) Defense-Technology Applications Initiative
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The goal of JDAI is to reduce the time youth spend in detention.
Louis County owes its success not only to JDAI but to the work that was initiated by their earlier efforts to address detention reform and disproportionate minority contact that began in 2000 when there was an average daily population of sixty-one.
Judges; court administrators; JDAI coordinators; juvenile office, detention, and legal services staff; community partners, such as attorneys, law enforcement, mental health, education, social services, and city and county government office holders and boards; and in some locations, the county legislature all have played a critical role in each sites' success.
24) The goal is to have statewide adoption of JDAI while maintaining the current successes.
What is perhaps unique about JDAI is that the detention reform sites worked on all these fronts somewhat simultaneously.
Still, despite the "super-predator" hysteria, several JDAI sites emerged from the demonstration phase of the initiative with powerful proof that these strategies could safely reduce reliance on detention.
In response to crowding, Cook County's Board of Commissioners had authorized construction of 200 new secure detention beds just prior to the site's selection for JDAI participation.
Santa Cruz's detention reforms were introduced by a new chief probation officer who had been a principal in one of the original JDAI sites.
JDAI is the state of the art when it comes to reducing unnecessary detention and rational detention policies.
The JDAI strategies focus on the front door, case processing and placement alternatives.
From working in the JDAI sites, the Burns Institute knows that probation violations, bench warrants and placement failures are large contributors to overdetention and DMC.