Juvenile Detention Alternatives Initiatives (JDAI) Committee

Helping Families. Supporting Communities. Empowering Individuals.

The Juvenile Detention Alternatives Initiative (JDAI)

The Juvenile Detention Alternatives Initiative (JDAI) was designed to support the Casey Foundation's vision that all youth involved in the juvenile justice system have opportunities to develop into healthy, productive adults. After more than a decade of innovation and replication, JDAI is one of the nation's most effective, influential, and widespread juvenile justice system reform initiatives.

JDAI promotes changes to policies, practices, and programs to:

  • Reduce reliance on secure confinement
  • Improve public safety
  • Reduce racial disparities and bias
  • Save taxpayers' dollars
  • Stimulate overall juvenile justice reforms

The Illinois Juvenile Detention Alternatives Initiative was formed to promote its objectives throughout Illinois. It is coordinated by the several partners, which include the Illinois Juvenile Justice Commission, Illinois Department of Human Services, Administrative Office of the Illinois Courts, Annie E. Casey Foundation, Cook County Juvenile Probation and Court Services Department and the Illinois Criminal Justice Information Authority.


Rick Velasquez (Chair)

Ben Roe (Co-Chair)

Rodney Ahitow

Jacqueline Bullard

George Hill

Meeting Information

2018 JDAI Meeting Information

2017 JDAI Meeting Information

2016 JDAI Meeting Information

2015 JDAI Meeting Information