What is JDAI?
The Juvenile Detention Alternatives Initiative (JDAI) is a group that focuses its attention on lowering juvenile crime detention rates. The goal is to reduce reliance on local confinement of juveniles. Studies have found that juvenile detention actually damages youth and gets in the way of their future. Many youth pose little or no threat to public Safety, Therefore, JDAI argues, the juveniles should not be detained. Juvenile detention can be negative to children because of how influenced they are by others and their surroundings. Dentition severely disrupts school and family life and is humiliating. It may be hard to ever overcome the harsh realities of being in custody.
The JDAI Initiative was created by the Annie E. Casey Foundation. It now operates in 250 jurisdictions in 40 states. JDAI was brought to Hennepin, Dakota, and Ramsey counties in 2006. It was later brought to St. Louis County. Too many kids were being locked up with little benefit to the children and society. Children were being locked up for a violation as small as missing a court date. Sometimes the missed court date was not even the juvenile’s fault. A phone call to the child’s parents telling them that court was missed is a better solution than issuing an arrest warrant. Personal phone calls, rather than mail is also a good way to ensure children come to court. Under JDAI Children are also no longer detained for petty violations such as being out past curfew. The result is that taxpayers of JDAI save a lot of money due to lower detention costs, fewer jail guards needed, etc.
Has it really worked?
Studies have shown that Hennepin County admitted 4,500 juveniles to its detention centers annually which decreased to 1,874. Ramsey County admitted 3,374, which dropped to 979. The numbers clearly show that the JDAI is effective. A risk assessment was implemented which looks to the potential public safety risk or flight risk of a juvenile. The risk assessment is an objective standard, which differs slightly in each county. After the assessment, the child is either detained or released to a parent or back in the community. The risk assessment takes place at the time of arrest and then again at the detention center. With JDAI in place, detention levels nationwide have decreased.
If you are a juvenile charged with a crime in Minnesota, contact Keller Law Offices for a free consultation. You will need an experienced Minnesota Juvenile Defense Attorney to help get the charges reduced or dismissed. A successful defense in a juvenile case can include having all charges dropped, having a deal such as a Stay of Adjudication that results in no juvenile conviction, Or keeping the juvenile from being certified to stand trial as an adult.
Contact Max Keller at 952-913-1421 immediately to ensure your case is handled properly. Max Keller has successfully handled many juvenile cases in the past.