Partnerships for Juvenile Detention Reform

This report and accompanying implementation tools offer strategies for JDAI stakeholders to forge partnerships with law enforcement.

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The value of building strong sustainable partnerships with law enforcement.

While many law enforcement leaders across the country are already deeply engaged in JDAI, supportive of its mission and committed to its success, others need convincing. For patrol officers and commanders to participate constructively in JDAI, they need to understand how it is good for youth, consistent with public safety and beneficial for law enforcement.

Making the case for JDAI is important, but stakeholders’
ultimate success in building strong and sustainable partnerships with law enforcement depends as much on listening as on delivering effective arguments. Asking law enforcement personnel about their concerns with current juvenile justice procedures and soliciting input on issues that directly affect officers can provide a starting point for fruitful dialogue.

Explaining JDAI to Law Enforcement in 5 Easy Pieces

These handouts are written for an audience of law enforcement leaders and officers and make the case for juvenile detention reform, as well as offer succinct explanations of the JDAI model and core strategies, including risk assessments.

Tools for Training

These handouts aim to encourage law enforcement leaders to train officers on best practices for interacting with youth using developmentally appropriate, trauma-informed, racially equitable policing approaches.