Controlling the Front Gates

Effective Admission Policies and Practices

Report

This report is packed with examples and suggestions to help jurisdictions to make fair, efficient and rational decisions about the detention center admission process. It is part of a series that shares lessons learned from a multi-year, multi-site project conducted by the Annie E. Casey Foundation. Called the Juvenile Detention Alternatives Initiative (JDAI), the project aimed to do just what its name suggests: Identify more effective, efficient alternatives to juvenile detention.

April 1, 1999

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Collaboration and Leadership in Juvenile Detention

Report

This report explores the roles of teamwork and leadership in advancing complex detention reform. It shares the journeys, regrets and field-tested tips of sites participating in Casey's Juvenile Detention Alternatives Initiative (JDAI).

March 1, 1999

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Planning for Juvenile Detention Reforms

A Structured Approach

Report

This planning approach is designed to help jurisdictions gain an accurate understanding of their own detention policies, practices and problems. Its structured planning model has been tested and refined at various sites over a five-year period, and it makes reference to a variety of solutions to juvenile detention problems.

February 1, 1999

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The Eye of the Storm

Ten Years on the Front Lines of New Futures

Report

This report candidly recalls Casey’s first attempt at system reform efforts at the community level. Through reflections from two of the leaders, the truth about this failed attempt becomes apparent along with the lessons that carried forward in Casey’s future community change work. 

January 1, 1999

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Overview: The JDAI Story

Building a Better Juvenile Detention System

Report

Th is publication provides an overview of the Juvenile Detention Alternatives Initiative (JDAI), a multi-million dollar, five year, five-site experiment designed to streamline and rationalize local juvenile detention systems.

January 1, 1999

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Plain Talk

The Story of a Community-Based Strategy to Reduce Teen Pregnancy

Report

This is the story of how five different communities worked to protect local youth from the risks of early sexual activity. It is a narrative rooted in community organizing and empowerment that began in 1993  —with a $5 million, four-year commitment from the Annie E. Casey Foundation — and unfolds into a rich collection of real-world hurdles, participant feedback, and been-there done-that advice. This is the story of Plain Talk. 

March 7, 1998

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Evaluating Comprehensive Community Change

Report of the Annie E. Casey Foundation’s 1997 Research and Evaluation Conference

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The document provides a summary of a two-day meeting where researchers, evaluators and other key stakeholders discussed evaluating comprehensive community initiatives. Challenges, best practices and examples from experts are highlighted.

March 24, 1997

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