Bart Lubow, the architect of the Annie E. Casey Foundation's Juvenile Detention Alternatives Initiative (JDAI), will retire June 30 after 22 years leading Casey's juvenile justice reform efforts, the Juvenile Justice Information Exchange reports. The initiative is the nation's most widely replicated juvenile justice reform effort, with more than 250 sites operating in 39 states and the District of Columbia.
Casey said the program has significantly reduced reliance on secure detention of juveniles without sacrificing public safety, while reducing racial disparities in local justice systems and saving millions in taxpayer dollars through downsizing juvenile detention facilities. The foundation noted that when JDAI started in 1992, almost 110,000 juveniles were detained in juvenile facilities on any given day. Now, that number has been reduced to 60,000. The foundation said “core JDAI strategies” had significantly contributed to that decline.