Pathways to Juvenile Detention Reform: Beyond Detention – System Transformation Through Juvenile Detention Reform

This is the 14th report in the Casey Foundation’s Juvenile Detention Alternatives Initiative (JDAI) Pathways series on juvenile detention reform. It documents how detention reforms in general – and JDAI’s reform model in particular – stimulate and support a variety of other juvenile justice system improvements. The authors find that JDAI sites that have reduced detention populations have their appetites "whetted" for further success, embrace a "culture of reform" that includes effective and youth-friendly juvenile justice, and embark on a continued course of experimentation, innovation and progress.

Successful strategies for reducing the number of youth in out-of-home placements include: more reliance on community-based programs, the promotion of racial justice, an increased focus on youth and their families in rehabilitation, and using data collection and objective decision-making tools to make better decisions.

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