In 2000, the Office of Juvenile Justice Services adopted the national Juvenile Detention Alternative Initiatives (JDAI) model. The model was designed by the Annie E. Casey Foundation to support the vision that all youth involved in the juvenile justice system have opportunities to develop into healthy, productive adults.
That same year, the Calcasieu Parish JDAI Collaboration Team was formed. The members of the team include representatives from the Family and Juvenile Court, the District Attorneys Office, the Public Defenders Office, local social service agencies and the Office of Juvenile Justice Services.
The JDAI Team has built its focus on the following objectives:
- To eliminate the inappropriate or unnecessary use of secure detention
- To minimize failures to appear and the incidence of delinquent behavior
- To redirect public finances from building new facility capacity to responsible alternative strategies
After more than 15 years of innovation and replication, JDAI is one of the nation’s most effective, influential, and widespread juvenile justice system reform initiatives.
Since its inception in 1992, JDAI has repeatedly demonstrated that jurisdictions can safely reduce reliance on secure detention. There are now approximately 100 JDAI sites in 24 states and the District of Columbia.