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Department of Youth Services Juvenile Detention Alternatives Initiative


The Juvenile Detention Alternatives Initiative (JDAI) kicked-off in Ohio in August 2010. DYS and five of Ohio’s largest counties are partnering with the Annie E. Casey Foundation to implement the JDAI in Ohio. This partnership is consistent with the Department’s reform efforts and commitment to a community-based service delivery system. JDAI efforts in Ohio will enhance reform strategies already underway. 

Cuyahoga, Franklin, Lucas, Montgomery and Summit counties are participating in the rollout of JDAI in Ohio. This initiative will help jurisdictions make prudent use of secure detention, promote efficient use of resources and support public safety. Efforts will enhance options for youth taken into custody, and expected outcomes include reducing racial disparities, improving school completion rates and lowering re-offense rates.
The JDAI, established by the Annie E. Casey Foundation, is designed to address the efficiency and effectiveness of juvenile detention. Operating for more than 20 years and now functioning in more than 200 jurisdictions across the country, the JDAI improves the juvenile justice system using research, data and evidence-informed practices. For more information, visit the Annie E. Casey Foundation’s website page on the Juvenile Detention Alternatives Initiative at