Juvenile Detention Reform Initiative

Multnomah County Juvenile Detention Reform Initiative (JDAI)

You are invited to learn about Detention Reform in Multnomah County, Oregon

Dear colleagues,

We are pleased to invite you to share in this opportunity to talk with your peers about juvenile detention reform. For more than a decade, Multnomah County has participated in the Annie E. Casey Foundation's Juvenile Detention Alternatives Initiative - the largest juvenile detention reform effort in U.S. history. Some of the most successful components of the Multnomah County Detention Reform Initiative, include our alternative programs for delinquent youth.

JDAI Philosophy

Multnomah County has a commitment to preserving public safety through the implementation of 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.

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:

  • Police procedures
  • Detention Intake
  • Pre-trial placement planning
  • District Attorney filing and case preparation
  • Defense advocacy and case preparation
  • Judicial review and placement decision-making by judiciary
  • Preliminary Hearings
  • Community-based alternatives to Detention
  • Effective data collection & reporting techniques
  • 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.

Suggested Reading

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.

Rick Jensen, JDAI National Model Site Administrator
1401 NE 68th Ave
Portland, OR 97213
503-988-3409 fax

Tina Edge, JDAI National Model Site Senior Program Specialist
1401 NE 68th Ave
Portland, OR 97213
503-988-3409 fax