In partnership with the Annie E. Casey Foundation, the Maryland Department of Juvenile Services adopted the Juvenile Detention Alternatives Initiative (JDAI) as a reform strategy to impact decision making, promote positive outcomes for youth, and safely reduce the unnecessary or inappropriate use of secure detention. The program originally launched in 2000 in Baltimore City, and has since expanded to state scale reform.
JDAI is a nationally recognized, evidence-based detention reform and juvenile justice system improvement initiative launched in 1992 by the Annie E. Casey Foundation in urban and rural jurisdictions. The mission of JDAI is to improve public safety and long-term outcomes for youth by:
The objectives of the Juvenile Detention Alternatives Initiative (JDAI) are accomplished through adoption of eight core, interconnected strategies.
Director of Reform StrategiesErika Groover
217 East Redwood Street Baltimore, MD 21202