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BernCo Youth Services Center to Host Delegation from South Dakota

08/15/2018

The Bernalillo County Youth Services Center, a national model site for the Juvenile Detention Alternative Initiative (JDAI), is hosting a delegation from three counties in South Dakota on August 16 and 17.

South Dakota attendees include juvenile justice system stakeholders, South Dakota schools, law enforcement and community-based service agencies.

“The JDAI Collaborative in Bernalillo County will be sharing its work and strategies on how to reduce the racial and ethnic disparities for youth of color in the juvenile justice system through true community engagement and collaboration,” says Youth Services Center Director Craig Sparks.

Opening remarks and the welcome begin 8 a.m. on Thursday, Aug. 16, at 5100 2nd St. NW in the John E. Brown Juvenile Justice Center, Chama Conference Room.

The Bernalillo County Youth Services Center is a national model site for the Juvenile Detention Alternative Initiative (JDAI), and the Bernalillo County Youth Services Center hosts teams from all over the country every year to learn about juvenile detention and juvenile justice reform.

Bernalillo County has seen an 80 percent drop in youth being held for low-level, non-violent misdemeanor related detention and a 79 percent drop in law enforcement referrals rates, which is a public safety indicator. Fiscal year 2017 also saw the lowest number of juvenile felony crime referrals in Bernalillo County.

Since 1992, the Juvenile Detention Alternatives Initiative, a project of the Annie E. Casey Foundation, has demonstrated that jurisdictions can safely reduce reliance on secure confinement and generally strengthen their juvenile justice systems through a series of interrelated reform strategies. JDAI is now being replicated in over 250 jurisdictions in 39 states and the District of Columbia.

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