Initiative will help Indiana juveniles at risk
Wednesday, December 18, 2013 10:00 AM
A program to help juveniles who have run afoul of the law is picking up momentum in Indiana, and results suggest that the initiative should be expanded.
The Juvenile Detention Alternatives Initiative in Indiana is expanding thanks to additional state funding.
The JDAI program looks at different ways of doling out punishment to juveniles. It allows administrators to be more flexible depending on the crime.
There are currently eight counties in Indiana that are JDAI locations. Another 11 counties are joining the program.
An extra $5.5 million in state money will allow the new entries to the program.
"I'm very excited about the opportunity. Coming in on the front of this, we can get a little more innovative thanks to the funding," Judge G. George Pancol of Madison County told the Anderson Herald-Bulletin.
A press release by the Indiana Court system said the object is to send children to the right place for the right amount of time. The program even allows some juvenile offenders to avoid incarceration if a judge allows it.
The program, which began in 2006, has worked very well in the original counties, with less recidivism and fewer violent crimes.
The initiative looks to be a positive move that will get at-risk juveniles the help they need to turn their lives around.
If the program continues to prove successful, the state should find the funding to include all of Indiana's 92 counties.