CCLP staff help jurisdictions across the country reduce unnecessary incarceration of youth without jeopardizing public safety. We provide technical assistance to sites in 16 states that participate in the Annie E. Casey Foundation’s Juvenile Detention Alternatives Initiative (JDAI). CCLP also serves as one of three partner organizations helping the Foundation manage JDAI. In our reform work with JDAI, we have helped many communities safely reduce their reliance on secure detention and incarceration, save money, and reallocate resources to community-based programs that are more effective at helping youth avoid future involvement with the justice system.
Our staff have also worked with several jurisdictions to address one of the biggest drivers of youth incarceration: violations of probation and court-ordered terms and conditions. In Maryland, Connecticut, and the District of Columbia, we helped officials develop a robust system of graduated responses – both incentives for positive behavior and sanctions for negative behavior – for youth under supervision in the community. These reform efforts have helped achieve significant reductions in detention and incarceration for violations. CCLP staff have prepared a Toolkit designed to help jurisdictions create an effective graduated response system or improve an existing system. The publication collects best practices from jurisdictions around the country that have successfully reduced incarceration for technical violations of probation.
To learn more about the Center’s training and technical assistance opportunities, visit our resource page or contact Roxana Matiella, Director of Alternatives to Incarceration, at 202-637-0377 x107 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
“The work of the DMC Action Network, led by the Center for Children’s Law and Policy, demonstrated that communities can implement reforms that have a measurable and positive impact on youth of color.”
Laurie Garduque Director of Justice Reform, The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation
“CCLP has been instrumental in helping Fairfax County tackle issues surrounding racial and ethnic disparities. They have been extremely helpful in identifying specific areas to target, as well as work through individual problems and data issues. They have helped us focus our efforts, and their team has gone above and beyond to help us succeed.”
Courtney Porter Director of Research and Development, Fairfax County, Virginia, Juvenile and Domestic Relations District Court
“CCLP helped change the culture and the landscape of law enforcement in this community. CCLP gave us the courage to look at the numbers. We’ve changed the way we do police work here in Gainesville and in Alachua County because of that relationship. We’re very thankful for CCLP coming into our lives several years ago and look forward to a long-term relationship with them moving forward.”
Captain Will Halvosa, Gainesville Florida Police Department
“It is an absolute pleasure to be working with CCLP on the campaign to Stop Solitary for Kids. I’m convinced we’re going to end this abusive practice once and for all.”
Marc Schindler Executive Director – Justice Policy Institute
“To first working with Mark 10 years ago as part of JDAI in Washington, DC to seeing CCLP really thrive over the last 10 years, I think I speak for the entire Casey Foundation when I say JDAI would not be where it is today without CCLP.”
Nate Balis Director, Juvenile Justice Strategies Group- Annie E. Casey Foundation