Juvenile Detention Alternatives Initiative (JDAI)
Program Fact Sheet
Bureau of Youth Services & Delinquency Prevention
Division of Community Health & Prevention
Illinois Department of Human Services
Juveniles ages 12 and older at risk of placement into secure detention.
Reduce the number of juveniles held in secure detention, i.e. county jails or municipal lock-ups.
Illinois has embraced efforts to create alternatives to secure detention of juveniles. Through a partnership with the Annie E. Casey Foundation, Illinois Courts, Youth Network Council and DHS, a number of counties have been granted funds to develop
community-based alternatives to detention. The program supports technical assistance activities to counties attempting to develop, implement and/or sustain detention alternatives.
Juvenile Detention Alternatives Initiative (JDAI) Program Data
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Illinois increased the number of juvenile detention beds by 46 percent (from 694 beds to 1,282 beds) since 1989.
Admissions to secure detention facilities (county jails or municipal lock-ups) decreased by 40 percent since 2002.