Juvenile Detention Alternatives Initiative (JDAI)
Program Fact Sheet

Bureau of Youth Services & Delinquency Prevention
Division of Community Health & Prevention
Illinois Department of Human Services

Program Description


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.

Delivery Method

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.

Program Data

Juvenile Detention Alternatives Initiative (JDAI) Program Data
Performance Indicators SFY03 SFY04 SFY05 SFY06
Grant Amount (Numbers in 000's) $907.30 $940.80 $725.20 $186.70
Number of Grantees 11 11 8 4

Program Effectiveness

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.