Juvenile Detention Alternatives Initiative (JDAI)

Helping Families. Supporting Communities. Empowering Individuals.

Administered by: Bureau of Youth Intervention Services


Illinois' programming in the area of detention alternatives has placed the state among the nation's leaders. Illinois' Juvenile Detention Alternatives Initiative (JDAI) supports local collaborations in their efforts to reduce the use of secure (locked) detention for delinquent youth who do not pose a serious risk to the community. Based on a model founded by the Annie E. Casey Foundation, these collaborations typically include judges, state's attorneys, public defenders, probation departments, law enforcement, human service organizations, education agencies, and juvenile detention center staff. Local approaches commonly include the use of detention screening tools; expedited court case processing; day reporting centers; intensive case management; life skills training; community service; and employment preparation.