Each year in the United States, thousands of children are placed unnecessarily into youth corrections facilities and various forms of congregate residential placements. As documented in the Annie E. Casey Foundation publication, No Place for Kids: The Case for Reducing Juvenile Incarceration
, these out-of-home placements often have a deeply troubling track record: high rates of recidivism; exorbitant costs; frequent harm to the health and safety of the youth (and staff) who are confined in them; and poor outcomes in terms of youth development.
However, trends in juvenile confinement are shifting, and we at the Casey Foundation believe that, by intentionally applying JDAI's collaborative, data-driven approaches to "deep-end" policies, practices and programming, our sites can substantially reduce their reliance on incarceration without sacrificing public safety, thereby improving outcomes for youth in their care.
Below you can find reference materials related to Deep End Reform in general, as well as information about the Casey Foundation's goal of expanding JDAI to focus on the Deep End of the system.
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