In 2004, New Jersey began an effort to reduce the number of youth unnecessarily or inappropriately placed in county detention, while protecting public safety and ensuring youth appear for court dates.
Known as JDAI, the NJ Juvenile Detention Alternatives Initiative became a national model for other states.
Still, too many youth get locked up without receiving effective treatment in their communities. Rehabilitation and prevention yield far better results.
Show your support for funding community alternatives instead of locking up youth.