Ripley County Will Divert Juveniles From Incarceration
By Mike Perleberg
(Ripley County, Ind.) – Ripley County is the first southeast Indiana county joining the Indiana Juvenile Detention Alternative Initiative.
The initiative developed by the Annie E. Casey Foundation aims to improve outcomes for children in the justice system while ensuring public safety. According to the Indiana Department of Corrections Division of Youth Services, JDAI is a bipartisan movement for juvenile justice reinvestment. It reallocates government resources away from mass incarceration and toward investment in youth, families, and communities.
JDAI began in Indiana in 2006 and has grown to 32 counties. The program’s latest expansion seeks to save Ripley and 12 other counties money by allowing non-violent juvenile offenders to receive punishment outside of juvenile detention.
JDAI and other juvenile reforms have allowed the Indiana Department of Corrections to save over $15 million annually. Re-arrest rates for juveniles in the program have declined from 25 percent to 10 percent in participating counties.
Indiana JDAI is overseen by an executive team consisting of the IDOC, Indiana Criminal Justice Institute, the Indiana Supreme Court, the Indiana Department of Child Services, and the Family and Social Services Administration Division of Mental Health and Addiction.
You can learn more about the program at http://www.in.gov/idoc/dys/2407.htm.