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Juvenile Detention Alternatives Initiative (JDAI) A Partnership between the Virginia Department of Juvenile Justice, the Annie E. Casey Foundation and select localities throughout the Commonwealth of Virginia. Celebrating 6 Years of JDAI in Virginia Prepared October 2009.

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Juvenile DetentionAlternatives Initiative (JDAI)A Partnership between the Virginia Department of Juvenile Justice, the Annie E. Casey Foundation and select localities throughout the Commonwealth of Virginia

Celebrating 6 Years of JDAI in Virginia

Prepared October 2009


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Why Virginia Got InvolvedPre-JDAI Facts (FY 2003)

  • Overcrowding in some facilities

  • Capital construction projects underway

  • 14,489 pre-dispositional detention placements

  • Detention rate substantially > national average

  • Results of 1 Day Census:

    VA had the 2nd highest rate of detention in the nation

  • Detention Population Composition

    • 65% non-felony level offenders

    • disproportionately minority youth


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What is JDAI?

JDAI is a process, not a conventional program, whose goal is to make sure that secure detention is used only when necessary.

It is about changing the behavior of the system, not about changing the behavior of the juvenile.


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Virginia JDAI Sites

7 Sites Beginning October 2003; Norfolk added Nov 2005;

Loudoun and Virginia Beach added Spring 2009


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STRATEGIES

  • COLLABORATION

    • key stakeholders convened / collaborative bodies formed

      (Judges, CSU Directors, Local Gov’t Admin., Secure Detention, Law Enforcement,

      Prosecutors, Defenders, Human Services, Mental Health, Schools, and more)

    • work groups assembled and work plans developed

    • immersion in data & the JDAI core strategies / site visits / local & national training

    • critical examination of local policies and practices, amendments, resolutions

    • consensus on the purpose of and utilization of detention in each community

    • decisions re: local spending and allocation/reallocation of funding

  • STRUCTURED DECISION MAKING / OBJECTIVE SCREENINGS

    • Detention Assessment Instrument (DAI) – mandated by General Assembly

    • JDAI sites maintain strict fidelity to the DAI with minimal overrides

    • DAI recently validated for public safety outcomes

  • DATA DRIVEN MANAGEMENT

    • access to data from centralized, statewide juvenile tracking system

    • quarterly & annual reports re: admissions, average daily population, length of stay)

    • data disaggregated by race, gender, offense

    • policy and practice changes driven by data rather than anecdote


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STRATEGIES

  • DETENTION ALTERNATIVES

    • admissions policies defined; utilization driven by DAI score

    • continuum of alternatives developed consistent with identified needs

      • house arrest, voice verification, family crisis stabilization, outreach detention, electronic monitoring, day & evening reporting centers

    • assessment of capacity, access, cultural competence, and effectiveness

    • allocation / reallocation / cost savings

      • secure detention approx. $200 a day; alternatives $5 - $50 a day

  • IMPROVED CASE PROCESSING / REDUCTIONS IN LENGTH OF STAY

    • system walk-throughs and assessments to identify bottlenecks

    • new and existing positions focused on “expediting” cases

    • detention review committees established

    • daily detention population sheets distributed to key players

    • scheduling (frequency and time of day) of detention review hearings examined

    • Specialized docketing and fast tracking of some cases


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What does juvenile detention reform mean at the local level?

COLLABORATION – POLITICAL WILL – STRONG LEADERSHIP

ACCOUNTABILITY – COMMITMENT – CREATIVITY – HARDWORK

Local government has a unique role in this process as the primary provider of education, health, social services and juvenile justice. The local government provides the organizational framework for construction of a comprehensive strategy to provide for community protection, offender accountability to victims, and the supports and services necessary to positively change offender behavior. Programs and services must seek to combine early problem identification with appropriate and timely interventions.


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Outcomes in Virginia’s JDAI Sites

Placements

ADP

21%

32%

FY 2003 – 3,536FY 2009 – 2,412

FY 2003 – 302FY 2009 – 238

  • Changes in Population Composition*

    • Percentage of Felony Level Offenders Increased from 40% to 51%

* Pre-dispositional cases only; circuit court cases excluded


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Additional Information:

For Additional Information on VA JDAI Contact:Virginia Department of Juvenile JusticeBeth Stinnett, State JDAI Coordinator804.786.0486 or [email protected] Additional Information on JDAI Nationally Contact:The Annie E. Casey Foundation410.547.6600 or www.aecf.org or www.jdaihelpdesk.org


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