AAIA on Juvenile Justice
Working closely with the National Indian Child Welfare Association (NICWA) and the Annie E. Casey Foundation, we have commenced a project to address the disparate treatment of Native Americans by the juvenile justice system and develop alternatives to incarceration for Native American youth who come into contact with the juvenile justice system. We have convened tribal leaders, judges, staff and juvenile justice experts to
- share the experience of tribes, states and localities working with tribes on the Juvenile Detention Alternatives Initiative (JDAI), including a discussion of the barriers that may have limited the efficacy of JDAI in this context
- provide tribal representatives with the opportunity to share their perspectives on juvenile justice issues; and discuss and brainstorm about next steps that might be taken to utilize JDAI more effectively to improve tribal juvenile justice system and address disparities in the treatment of Native Americans by federal and state juvenile justice systems.