More counties joining juvenile justice initiative



By Jess Seabolt

Four counties will join the eight currently participating in the Indiana Juvenile Detention Alternatives Initiative when group holds a kick-off meeting in June.

The JDAI is a national juvenile justice reform initiative developed 20 years ago by the Annie E. Casey Foundation that aims to improve outcomes for children in the justice system while ensuring public safety.

The JDAI began the initiative in 2006 in Indiana with Marion County by making sure each child there was placed in the "right place for the right reasons and the right amount of time," according to a press release.

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In all, 11 new counties have committed to join the JDAI. Four have kick off meetings scheduled: Delaware County on June 16, Wayne County on June 18, Madison County on June 19, and Henry County on June 27.

The remaining seven counties are expected to have kick-off meetings later this year, including Allen, Bartholomew, Boone, LaGrange, LaPorte, Monroe, and St. Joseph.

Jess Seabolt is a reporter for, a news service powered by Franklin College journalism students.



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