Health And Public Safety

Alternatives to Detention Committee

The Alternatives to Detention Committee seeks to increase access for youth in the juvenile justice system and youth being diverted from the juvenile justice to positive and productive programs, serves and opportunities in their communities. The committee seeks gender specific and culturally relevant services. This committee relies heavily on community agency partners to bring effective and relevant resources for youth to the table.

Case Processing Committee

The Case Processing Committee identifies ways to reduce the time it takes to process a case through the juvenile justice system. They also examine data to understand what kind of warrants are being issued and if the issuance of those warrants can be reduced while still maintaining public safety.

The JDAI Steering Committee

The JDAI Steering Committee is a leadership committee. Leaders from the Juvenile Justice System agencies, the Community and Other State and City Agencies bring the resources to guide and align practices which ensure the consistent quality improvement efforts of juvenile justice system reform in Bernalillo County. These resources include data sharing, staffing, funding and the authority to change policy and practice within institutions.

The Reducing Racial and Ethnic Disparities Committee (RRED)

The Reducing Racial and Ethnic Disparities Committee (RRED) is tasked with identifying where racial disparities exist in the juvenile justice system and eliminating those disparities through the development of new policy and procedure or new and innovative strategies. The RRED Committee's work relies heavily on input and partnership with community, youth and families, which is a racial equity/justice approach for system improvement.

Quality Improvement Committee

The Quality Improvement Committee is in charge of conducting the Juvenile Detention Alternatives Initiative (JDAI) Site Assessment every three years and improving the quality of system improvement measures across all committees and agencies in the collaborative.

Deep End Committee

Deep End Committee Goals: Communities engaged in deep end reform ultimately show progress toward these goals:

  • Significantly reduced reliance on out-of-home placements for youth of color in the justice system
  • Safe and healthy adolescent development for youth in the justice system
  • Elimination of racial/ethnic disparities for youth of color in the justice system
  • Safe communities
  • Sustained commitment to JDAI detention reform

Girls Workgroup (A Workgroup of the Deep End Committee)

The Girls workgroup is responsible for safely reducing detention and other out of home placements for girls in the juvenile justice system. There are three objectives:

  1. Minimize detention in cases that come in as Domestic Violence/ Domestic Battery, at the front- end of the system and refocus on family engagement and crisis intervention.
  2. Minimize referrals to CCA (Children’s Court Attorney) for 3 or fewer misdemeanors and target gender and culturally competent informal diversion.
  3. Minimize detention and out of home consequences for technical violations and program/rule non-compliance and re-focus and refine probation objectives and services to be gender and culturally responsive




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