Ramsey County, Minnesota
Juvenile Detention Alternatives Initiative (JDAI)
Creating Better Outcomes for Children and Community in Ramsey County
25 West 7th Street | Saint Paul, Minnesota 55102
Telephone: 651-266-5307 | AskJDAI@co.ramsey.mn.us
Jurisdictions engaged in JDAI use multiple resources to develop appropriate strategies that effectively reduce the over-reliance on incarceration and out-of-home placement. When confronted with issues of racial, ethnic and gender disparities, jurisdictions often engage an even wider array of resources that include statistical data, research, community engagement and alternatives responses.
Ramsey County JDAI stakeholders engage local, regional and national partners in their efforts to eliminate racial, ethnic, and gender disparities within the Juvenile Justice System. The links below represent partners and national research organizations that have proved helpful.
In 2005, Minnesota launched three JDAI pilot sites. Two, Hennepin County and Ramsey County, comprise the state’s largest metropolitan areas, and the third, Dakota County, represents a slightly more rural location that sits just south of the two metro counties.
Disproportionate Minority Contact (DMC) and the rising costs of secure detention motivated these sites to adopt the Juvenile Detention Alternatives Initiative as a national model that had proven to be effective. In 2009, St. Louis County (Duluth) launched as Minnesota’s first expansion site.
The four sites collaborate to identify best practices and to provide technical assistance to jurisdictions considering the adoption of JDAI strategies and objective screening tools. Stakeholder members from these sites have presented information to regional and national panels and are important resources in the state.
Disproportionate Minority Contact Technical Assistance Manual (PDF) (Fourth Edition, July 2009) published by the United States Department of Justice, Office of Justice Programs, Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention