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Reduce Juvenile Detention


Maximize Federal Funds

  • The Juvenile Accountability Block Grants (JABG) funds are used to develop programs that promote greater accountability in the juvenile justice system. Accountability in juvenile justice means assuring that, as a result of their wrongdoing, juvenile offenders face individualized consequences that make them aware of and answerable for the loss, damage, or injury perpetrated upon the victim. The Michigan Bureau of Juvenile Justice was awarded funds to distribute to Michigan counties to implement effective practice. For example, in Wayne County the city of Detroit utilized the block grant to develop Successful Alliance for Evaluating Talented Youth (SAFETY), a program addressing issues ranging from assessment and referral, to intervention and treatment services.
  • The Family Drug Courts Program supports states, state and local courts, units of local government, and federally-recognized Indian tribal governments to either implement new drug courts or enhance pre-existing drug courts for individuals with substance abuse disorders or substance use and co-occurring mental health disorders. The Supreme Court of Mississippi recently started efforts to expand their certified drug court programs in Mississippi by implementing two family drug court programs within the jurisdiction and to enhance the framework established by existing certified drug court programs.
  • Funding through the Title I Program For Neglected and Delinquent Children  can be used to provide educational continuity and supports for children and youth in state-run institutions as well as youth transitioning from juveniles and adult correctional institutions. The aim is to assist youth in making successful transitions to school or employment once they are released. The Georgia Department of Education utilized Title I, part D to ensure that youth receive educational services in local and state institutions to assist with making a successful transition. 
  • The Departments of Justice, Labor, Housing and Urban Development, and Health and Human Services established the Serious and Violent Offender Reentry Initiative (SVORI). This grant, distributed nationwide, provides over a $100 million dollars for the development of programming, training, and state-of-the-art reentry strategies at the community level. The intention of the SVORI program is to reduce recidivism, as well as to improve employment, housing, and health outcomes of participating released prisoners. The Florida Department of Juvenile Justice (FLDJJ) used SVORI funds to implement the Going Home (GH) program, which aimed, with the use of flexible and individualized treatment, to reduce recidivism among the serious and violent juvenile offenders judged most at risk for recidivism.

Utilize Public-Private Partnerships

  • Through the Models for Change Initiative, the MacArthur Foundation supports reform in 16 states and aims to help accelerate a national juvenile justice reform movement to improve the lives of young people in trouble with the law, while enhancing public safety and holding young offenders accountable for their actions. With MacArthur Foundation support, the state of Washington is working to coordinate state and local data collection, reporting, and evaluation activities under the Washington Models for Change Initiative over the next two years.
  • The Annie E. Casey Foundation’s juvenile justice reform work is dedicated to improve the odds that delinquent youth can make successful transitions to adulthood. This work is focused on reforming juvenile justice system so that they incarcerate fewer youth, rely more on proven, family-focused interventions, and create opportunities for positive youth development. Their 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.

Medicaid’s Buried Treasure for Juvenile Justice

In New Mexico youth in pre-trial detention maintain Medicaid eligibility for up to 60 days. Last year, Medicaid supported $329,000 in mental health services. Those receiving these services had a 33 percent recidivism rate compared to the prior 88 percent rate.


The Economic Return on PCCD’s Investment in Research-based Programs

A Cost-Benefit Assessment of Delinquency Prevention in Pennsylvania


Shift savings from reduced detention costs

Multnomah County, Oregon, used community supervision to close three 16-bed detention units, redirecting $12 million in savings to detention alternatives.