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Welcome to the Bernalillo County Juvenile Detention Alternatives Initiative (JDAI)

Learn about JDAI and its objectives.

Honorable John Romero, Jr. Named President-elect of the NCJFCJ

Judge Romero will become president of the National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges (NCJFCJ) next July 2018.

Judge John Romero

Public Defender JDAI Partners featured on KUNM Show

On the KUNM Call in Show Recovery Courts for Teens, we learn how recovery courts work and hear from some previous participants.


BernCo JDAI Coordinator Featured in National Publication

The video, featured by Juvenile Justice Information Exchange, includes Gerri Bachicha, Bernalillo County's juvenile detention alternatives coordinator.

Gerri Bachicha

Reducing Racial and Ethnic Disparities Committee Releases Documentary

JDAI sites throughout the country have been provided with strategies, tools and technologies to work at eliminating racial and ethnic disparities in the use of detention.

No Child Is Ever Born Bad

This TEDx talk from 2014 features Xavier McElrath-Bey, a youth justice advocate who spent time in the juvenile justice system himself.

Xavier McElrath-Bey

ABQ Journal Examines High Rates of Childhood Trauma for NM Youth

The study published in February for the New Mexico Sentencing Commission evaluated 220 juvenile offenders incarcerated in 2011 and their exposure to traumatic events earlier in their lives.

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What is JDAI?

What is JDAI?
The Juvenile Detention Alternatives Initiative (JDAI) began two decades ago as a pilot project to reduce reliance on local confinement of court-involved youth.


Learn the latest news about JDAI programs designed to provide community-based alternatives to detention, which are proven to increase positive outcomes with youth in the juvenile justice system.

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View upcoming committee meetings, board meetings and events.
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