Ramsey County, Minnesota
Juvenile Detention Alternatives Initiative (JDAI)
Creating Better Outcomes for Children and Community in Ramsey County
25 West 7th Street | Saint Paul, Minnesota 55102
Telephone: 651-266-5307 | AskJDAI@co.ramsey.mn.us
The Ramsey County Juvenile Detention Alternative Initiative (JDAI) seeks to reduce the over-reliance on secure detention of juveniles and to eliminate racial, ethnic, and gender disparities wherever present.
Led by a diverse group of committed leaders, Ramsey County has been engaged in a multi-year effort to safely minimize populations in our juvenile correctional facilities through fairer, better informed system policies and practices, and the use of effective community-based alternatives. This system reform effort, JDAI, is a nationally recognized, evidence-based project funded by the Annie E. Casey Foundation, the Minnesota State Office of Justice Programs, the Governor’s Juvenile Justice Advisory Council, and Ramsey County Community Corrections.
The Ramsey County Board of Commissioners agreed in a 2005 Board Resolution to adopt JDAI as a strategy for combating disproportionate minority contact (DMC).
JDAI has a proven record of reducing unnecessary reliance on secure detention in a wide range of jurisdictions across the nation. Since the first three JDAI demonstration projects launched in 1992, more than 130 sites have seen their average daily populations (ADP) in secure detention decrease dramatically, while key public safety indicators, such as re-arrest rates, have generally improved.
A progress report entitled Two Decades of JDAI: From Demonstration Project to National Standard (PDF) was published in 2009. It outlines the accomplishments of JDAI sites. There are impressive results that include:
In accordance with the Ramsey County Risk Assessment Instrument (RAI), Ramsey County will use secure detention for juveniles who have committed a law violation and are at risk of:
Ramsey County JDAI/DMC Mission, Purpose & Principles are available for download in the following languages:
Consultation (RAC) Report (PDF) submitted by the W. Haywood Burns Institute
A Decision Point Analysis (PDF) was conducted as one of many strategies used to help achieve juvenile justice reform.