In this statewide JDAI initiative, juvenile justice leadership reduced their annual admissions to detention by 41 percent, reduced the average daily population by 44 percent, and significantly reduced the presence of youth of color in detention. New Jersey began by focusing on implementing JDAI strategies in five counties, then expanding to thirteen counties within six years. Through the State's Juvenile Justice Commission and Steering Committee, JDAI values were emphasized at both the state and local levels, while detention specialists were enlisted to collect and analyze data that highlighted systematic problems and led to early and effective reform strategies. The implementation of a statewide risk assessment instrument and continuous trainings between counties and agencies further spurred New Jersey's ultimate goal to have JDAI in every county.
Please visit "JDAI On The Ground: One State's Experience" from 3/11/2011 on 'Blog Talk Radio'.
Joelle Kenney (Manager, JDAI & System Reform Unit)
NJ Juvenile Justice Commission
PO Box 107
Trenton, NJ 08625