Juvenile Detention Alternatives Initiative (JDAI)
The Juvenile Detention Alternatives Initiative (JDAI) is a juvenile justice system improvement initiative that was developed by the Annie E. Casey
Foundation and has been proven effective over the past two decades in over 200 jurisdictions across the nation. The philosophy of JDAI is to serve
the right youth, in the right place, at the right time, emphasizing the goal of objectively identifying the least restrictive next step available
while ensuring community safety. One of the most important components of JDAI is collaboration. The philosophy and process transition towards JDAI
does not happen overnight nor does it occur with just one person or a single agency. A successful JDAI process includes all components of the
juvenile justice system and the community working towards a common goal of ensuring the best possible outcome for youth.
JDAI is based upon eight core, interconnected strategies that address the primary reasons why youth are unnecessarily or inappropriately detained.
These core strategies are: Collaboration, Collecting and Analyzing Data, Objective Admissions and Use of Detention, Alternatives to Detention (ATD),
Case Processing, Special Detention Cases, Disproportionate Minority Contact (DMC), and Conditions of Confinement.
JDAI has been implemented in Minnehaha County and Pennington County in South Dakota since 2011. Since that time, both sites have achieved remarkable
results, closely mirroring other successful jurisdictions nationwide. Because of this noted success, the JDAI philosophy will begin to expand to
other areas around South Dakota.
In order to begin the process of expanding the JDAI philosophy to other areas around South Dakota, a diverse group of individuals were appointed to
the Statewide JDAI Steering Committee by the Chief Justice and began meeting in April 2014. The purpose of the Committee is to review available data
and provide recommendations for effective statewide expansion of the Initiative. The Statewide JDAI Steering Committee identified that the goals for
implementation were to ensure that all seven Circuits in South Dakota have the necessary resources, tools, and training to implement the JDAI
principles, values, and goals; and, that all seven court circuits are implementing JDAI core strategies with fidelity to the model.
South Dakota JDAI Mission Statement
Our mission is to work collaboratively to promote a more effective and efficient juvenile justice system through the implementation of JDAI’s
juvenile justice best practice standards in South Dakota
South Dakota JDAI Vision Statement
All youth in South Dakota will live in communities that adopt juvenile justice best practices.
If you have any questions regarding JDAI implementation in South Dakota, please contact:
Statewide JDAI Coordinator
Watertown Office: 605-882-5121
Pierre Office: 605-773-2080
Statewide Steering Committee
Statewide Risk Assessment Instrument (RAI)
South Dakota JDAI Guidebook and Attachments
Statewide JDAI Newsletters