Juvenile Detention Alternatives Initiative - JDAI

Ohio’s JDAI strives to eliminate the unnecessary and inappropriate use of secure detention without sacrificing public safety.  Currently, seventeen of Ohio’s counties belong to a growing membership of juvenile justice practitioners and other system stakeholders across the country utilizing the eight core strategies and working to build a better and more equitable youth justice system. The Annie E. Casey Foundation is credited with the inception of JDAI in 1992, which has grown to become the most widely replicated juvenile justice reform initiative in the United States.

Clark County became the 19th county in Ohio in 2022 to adopt JDAI for its juvenile court.