Chronicle For Social Change 04-18-17

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. This is the 25th anniversary of the year that former boss Bart Lubow and other Casey leaders established the initiative.

The Kool-Aid headline is a reference to the oft-repeated line by Casey staff and grantees that they have drunk the JDAI Kool-Aid. But unlike the nutty underpinnings of the Jonestown religion, the JDAI movement operates on selling a basic policy premise: you ought to have guidelines for appropriate use of juvenile detention, and back them up with valid risk tools.

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