Juvenile Detention Alternatives Initiative

Juvenile Detention Alternatives Initiative


JDAI, short for Juvenile Detention Alternatives Initiative brings together folks from all over the country who are dealing with similar challenges related to young people and the justice system.

Their mission? Well, it’s all about shaking things up in the world of juvenile justice. They want to do that by getting people to work together, share resources, and provide training, and guess what? It’s all available online for free!

Instead of just sticking with the old ways of doing things, JDAI is all about reimagining what juvenile detention should look like. They want to make things fairer and, most importantly, empower different places to improve the lives of young people caught up in the justice system.

In a nutshell, JDAI is like a big community of people trying to make the system work better for young folks. Pretty awesome, right?

How Does it Work?

This program is designed with a specific group in mind—youth who would usually end up at the Arise Youth Center in Rapid City.

Here’s how it works: when a young person gets involved in this program, they have to attend a hearing that lasts for 48 hours. It’s mandatory, no way around it. During this time, they start with some supervision, and that continues as their case moves through the regular court process.

It’s all about giving these young folks some extra support and guidance right from the start and throughout their journey through the formal court system. It’s like a helping hand to keep them on the right track.

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