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BernCo Youth Services Center Hosted Representatives from the State of Chihuahua, Mexico

The Bernalillo County Youth Services Center hosted a delegation from the State of Chihuahua, Mexico April 9 and 10 to highlight the county’s model efforts in managing juvenile justice reform.

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New Report on Immigrant Youth in the Justice System: What You Need to Know in 2018

The Bernalillo County Juvenile Justice system collaborative is a National Model site for Juvenile Justice reform. Youth without U.S. citizenship and involved in the juvenile justice system face serious long-term consequences that can limit their access to opportunity, including deportation and separation from family, a future without citizenship and an inability to legally work or access financial aid for college.

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Judges Call for Community Support to Keep Sex Trafficked Children Safe

Albuquerque Children’s Court Judge proposes innovative community strategies to keep sex trafficked children safe.

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Article Explores Challenges for Girls in BernCo Juvenile Justice System

Data driven, consistent quality improvement measures are leading to better outcomes for girls in the Bernalillo County juvenile justice system, but struggles and challenges remain. Learn more about the community and juvenile justice system work with girls.

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An In-Depth Look at BernCo's Juvenile Justice Alternatives

Read this fascinating take from New Mexico in Depth regarding the innovative ways Bernalillo’s County's juvenile probation programs are working to keep kids out of jail.


Welcome to the Bernalillo County Juvenile Detention Alternatives Initiative (JDAI)

Learn about JDAI and its objectives.

BernCo JDAI Coordinator Featured in National Publication

The video, featured by Juvenile Justice Information Exchange, includes Gerri Bachicha, Bernalillo County's juvenile detention alternatives coordinator.

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Reducing Racial and Ethnic Disparities Committee Releases Documentary

JDAI sites throughout the country have been provided with strategies, tools and technologies to work at eliminating racial and ethnic disparities in the use of detention.

ABQ Journal Examines High Rates of Childhood Trauma for NM Youth

The study published in February for the New Mexico Sentencing Commission evaluated 220 juvenile offenders incarcerated in 2011 and their exposure to traumatic events earlier in their lives.

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    What is JDAI?
    The Juvenile Detention Alternatives Initiative (JDAI) began two decades ago as a pilot project to reduce reliance on local confinement of court-involved youth.

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