JDAI Model Site: Cook County, IL


Cook County recently achieved the lowest average daily population in its detention facility since its implementation of JDAI in 1994 – reducing the number of youth from 750 to 287. In addition to a robust continuum of detention alternatives, Cook County offers a clinical division to limit the unnecessary detention of youth challenged with mental health and substance abuse issues. Evidence-based programming and the use of intermediate sanctions for technical violations of court orders, help to sustain reductions in detention. A Juvenile Advisory Council provides opportunities for youth input into policy and practice, while the Court and its juvenile justice system partners continue to emphasize community outreach and explore all viable options to provide pro-social opportunities for youth and their families.

Watch this ABC TV report on "Camp Helps Kids Stay Busy and Off the Streets"  (ABC 7 Chicago on 12-27-2010)​​​.

Avik Das  (Acting Director)
Melissa Spooner  (JDAI Coordinator)
Tamela Meehan  (Assistant JDAI Coordinator)

Juvenile Probation and Court Services
1100 S. Hamilton Ave.
Chicago, IL 60612

Case Management

Community Supervision

Department of Children and Family Services Collaboration

Disproportionate Minority Contact

Educational Advocacy

Special Resources

General Materials

JDAI Helpdesk at the Pretrial Justice Institute
305 Main Street, Suite 200
Gaithersburg, MD 20878
Tel: 240-477-7152 | E-mail: jdaihelpdesk@pretrial.org