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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
VA had the 2nd highest rate of detention in the nation
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.
7 Sites Beginning October 2003; Norfolk added Nov 2005;
Loudoun and Virginia Beach added Spring 2009
(Judges, CSU Directors, Local Gov’t Admin., Secure Detention, Law Enforcement,
Prosecutors, Defenders, Human Services, Mental Health, Schools, and more)
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.
FY 2003 – 3,536FY 2009 – 2,412
FY 2003 – 302FY 2009 – 238
* Pre-dispositional cases only; circuit court cases excluded
For Additional Information on VA JDAI Contact:Virginia Department of Juvenile JusticeBeth Stinnett, State JDAI Coordinator804.786.0486 or Beth.Stinnett@djj.virginia.govFor Additional Information on JDAI Nationally Contact:The Annie E. Casey Foundation410.547.6600 or www.aecf.org or www.jdaihelpdesk.org