University at Albany

Albany County Juvenile Detention Alternatives Initiative (JDAI)

CHSR is working with the Albany County Department for Children, Youth, and Families to provide data collection and analysis expertise in the implementation of the Juvenile Detention Alternatives Initiative (JDAI).

Albany is one of six New York State counties selected by the Office of Children and Family Services (OCFS) Division of Juvenile Justice and Opportunities for Youth (DJJOY) to implement the JDAI. Launched by the Annie E. Casey Foundation, the goals of the JDAI are to reduce juvenile detention admissions and expand the array of local detention alternatives, minimize re-arrest and failure to appear rates pending adjudication, and reduce racial and ethnic disparities in juvenile detention. These goals are accomplished through eight interrelated core strategies.

Evaluation & Research

CHSR will work with local agencies to identify and utilize data in making policy and case-level decisions and in developing strategies to improve the local juvenile justice system. Data pertaining to juvenile justice processes and the population of youth in the juvenile detention system in Albany County will be collected, analyzed, and presented to local stakeholders.

Contact: Dr. Susan Ehrhard-Dietzel