Bernalillo County reduced its detention population 44 percent by methodically implementing the core strategies of JDAI. Resources, budget and staff were realigned to focus on community-based alternatives, treatment and innovative policies. As a result, the Bernalillo County Juvenile Detention Center reassigned staff to front-end services and closed secure detention units, saving the county hundreds of thousands of dollars. Adhering to JDAI concepts has also allowed the State of New Mexico's Children, Youth and Families Department to close its maximum-security facility in 2003. Some of the cost savings went into acquiring portable buildings outside the detention center's razor-wire fence to house an alternative public school, a community-custody program, a day treatment program and a mental health clinic. A recent report
issued by the county highlights detention reductions, court improvements and public safety outcomes.
Bernalillo County Juvenile Detention Center
5100 Second St. NW
Albuquerque, NM 87107