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Youth alternative detention program expanding

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The state’s Juvenile Detention Alternatives Initiative is expanding into more counties, the Indiana Supreme Court announced Thursday, thanks to more than $5 million in funding appropriated by the Legislature.

With the $5.5 million to be dolled out over the next two years, several counties will become JDAI sites. Those specific counties will not be announced until January, although the court noted in the news release that 11 counties have applied.

JDAI is a national juvenile justice reform initiative developed by the Annie E. Casey Foundation 20 years ago that aims to improve outcomes for children in the system while ensuring public safety. Marion County was the first in the state to participate in 2006. Clark, Elkhart, Howard, Johnson, Lake, Porter and Tippecanoe counties have since joined.

As a result of the expansion, as many as 56 percent of Indiana youth ages 10-17 will live in a JDAI county.

“This initiative allows kids to not be exposed to the detention (jail) environment if it’s determined they are not a risk to the public,” said Mary Allen, executive director of the Indiana Criminal Justice Institute.

JDAI is overseen in Indiana by an executive team consisting of the ICJI, the Indiana Supreme Court, the Indiana Department of Correction and the Indiana Department of Child Services.

 

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  2. I agree. My husband has almost the exact same situation. Age states and all.

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  4. Andrew, if what you report is true, then it certainly is newsworthy. If what you report is false, then it certainly is newsworthy. Any journalists reading along??? And that same Coordinator blew me up real good as well, even destroying evidence to get the ordered wetwork done. There is a story here, if any have the moxie to go for it. Search ADA here for just some of my experiences with the court's junk yard dog. https://www.scribd.com/document/299040062/Brown-ind-Bar-memo-Pet-cert Yep, drive by shootings. The lawyers of the Old Dominion got that right. Career executions lacking any real semblance of due process. It is the ISC way ... under the bad shepard's leadership ... and a compliant, silent, boot-licking fifth estate.

  5. Journalism may just be asleep. I pray this editorial is more than just a passing toss and turn. Indiana's old boy system of ruling over attorneys is cultish. Unmask them oh guardians of democracy.

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