Improving Conditions of Confinement in Secure Juvenile Detention Centers

Report

This report presents a discussion of what was learned from the Juvenile Detention Alternatives Initiative (JDAI) about improving and maintaining safe, humane institutions. Attention is given to the impact of inadequate conditions. It also offers guiding principles, based on JDAI, for improving institutional conditions, developing and conducting an assessment, improving practices, and maintaining ongoing assessment.

July 1, 1999

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New Hope for Low-Income Workers

Improving Economic and Child Outcomes in Milwaukee

Report

In 1994, Milwaukee implemented a two-year program, New Hope, that provided low-income working families with a flexible package of earnings supplements and services. The results? Glorious. Parents benefited from a boost in employment and earnings. Equally noteworthy: Their kids — specifically their sons — had fewer behavioral issues and better academic success.   

June 22, 1999

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AdvoCasey: Summer 1999

“Above Average” Welfare Reform

Newsletter

This edition of AdvoCasey examines the ripple of changes sparked by the landmark federal welfare law of 1996. Readers will learn about an array of financial incentive programs — in both the United States and Canada — that are helping welfare recipients secure work and bigger paychecks. A smaller story reviews one of America’s most effective anti-poverty programs, the Earned Income Tax Credit.  

June 20, 1999

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Resident Involvement in Community Change

The Experiences of Two Initiatives

Report

Involving people in local neighborhood change creates problems as well as better solutions, as this report demonstrates through an examination of Casey's Plain Talk and Community Change for Youth Development philanthropy projects. 

June 1, 1999

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Consider the Alternatives

planning and implementing detention alternatives

Report

This report urges juvenile justice officials to abandon detention’s standard all-or-nothing approach in favor of a new option: A continuum of alternatives that maintains public safety, cuts costs and reduces overcrowding — all while offering more efficient, appropriate services to America’s youth. Consider the Alternatives is part of 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.     

May 1, 1999

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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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