For more than a decade, Multnomah County has participated in the Annie E. Casey Foundation's Juvenile Detention Alternatives Initiative (JDAI) - the largest juvenile detention reform effort in U.S. history. 

The JDAI model includes a variety of policy reforms based on data-driven analysis, common sense, fiscal responsibility, best practices and the well-being of youth.

Together these strategies have resulted in a consistent drop in detention admissions and an increase in the number of youth served by alternative programs, at the same time improving failure-to-appear and re-offense rates.

We have made progress in the areas of reducing minority overrepresentation in our secure custody facility and improving case processing time. Additionally, we have created systems for the collection and analysis of data for use by local decision-makers.

We use the  JDAI 8 Core Strategies (415.5 KB)

JDAI Curriculum

The Multnomah County Juvenile Court has one of the fastest dockets in the nation. You will learn about our case processing improvements, which will help your jurisdiction reduce delays and speed the administration of justice. Curriculum will include experiential activities, collegial discussions, and observation of the following decision points and eight core strategies::

  • Training the Police
  • Racial & Ethnic Disparities
  • Conditions of Confinement
  • Leadership from the Judiciary
  • Juvenile Reception Center Model
  • Defense advocacy and case preparation
  • Community-based alternatives to Detention
  • Accountability & Restorative Justice programming
  • Pre-trial placement planning & preliminary hearings
  • District Attorney filing and case processing strategies
  • NEW Case Management Model – Functional Family Probation
  • Objective Admissions Criteria/Risk Assessment Instrument (RAI)
  • Effective data collection, reporting techniques & data driven decision making
  • JDAI Faculty List

Data-Driven Decision Making

Who Should Visit

The success of detention reform in Multnomah County is largely attributed to collaboration between public and private agencies. Therefore, we encourage you to send primary stakeholders who will find this experience helpful in planning a comprehensive strategy for your county's reform efforts.

  • Police Command Staff
  • Senior District Attorney / Prosecutors 
  • Presiding Judges 
  • Probation Management
  • Custody Management
  • Commissioners 
  • Schools
  • Community Providers
  • Strongly suggested to invite any and all decision makers with leadership and authority that could take the lessons learned and employ strategies upon return home.

Arrange A Visit

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Contact Multnomah County

We look forward to talking with you about the possibility of a site visit and will make every effort to tailor an agenda that will address your needs and interests.

Brian Detman, System Change & Community Initiatives Manager
503.988.7954 office
503.988.4786 fax

Sue Nemeth
Office Assistant, Senior
Multnomah County Department of Community Justice
(503) 988-4861 office
(503) 926-2613 cell
(503 988-4664 fax
Work hours 8:00am-5:00pm