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The Bernalillo County Youth Services Center, a national model site for the Juvenile Detention Alternative Initiative (JDAI), is hosting a delegation from three counties in South Dakota on August 16 and 17.

South Dakota attendees include juvenile justi... Read More


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.

“The Bernalillo County Youth Services Center is... Read More


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 ... Read More


Read this fascinating take from the non-profit, online journalism site New Mexico in Depth regarding the innovative ways Bernalillo’s County's juvenile probation programs are working to keep kids out of jail:


Every three years the Bernalillo County Youth Services Center conducts a Detention Self Inspection according to the Juvenile Detention Alternatives Initiative (JDAI) Standards. Community and State Experts, Youth and Families are invited to inspect th... Read More


This article was written by Alondra Reyes, Bernalillo County student intern and service core member.


National Youth Justice Awareness Month was created to call attention to youth experiencing the challenges of the juvenile justice system. Youth ... Read More


The Honorable John Romero, Jr. of the Second Judicial District Court, Children’s Court Division in Albuquerque, N.M. will become president of the National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges (NCJFCJ) next July 2018. He will be the first... Read More


 Bernalillo County District Court announced plans to establish a young adult court for offenders between ages 18 and 25.

It will provide educational and counseling opportunities to help them get back on the right path. 

The full story can be ... Read More


Xavier McElrath-Bey is a Youth Justice Advocate with the Campaign for the Fair Sentencing of Youth. He worked for more than five years at the Northwestern University Juvenile Project as a clinical researcher/interviewer. At 13, he was given a 25-year... Read More


In 2013, the Annie E. Casey Foundation began working with a few experienced Juvenile Detention Alternatives Initiative (JDAI) sites, including the Bernalillo County JDAI National Model Site, to expand their detention reform efforts to the “deep... Read More


The Juvenile Defender Leadership Summit brings together hundreds of juvenile defense attorneys from every state, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico. The purpose of the Summit is to energize and inspire attorneys who are often faced with stagge... Read More


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. Detention Utilization Studies, best practice programming, examples of policies ... Read More


From the Albuquerque Journal, published May 1, 2016. 

The history of many young New Mexicans who ended up in juvenile detention shows a betrayal of their innocense and youth. 

According to a recent groundbreaking study, the amount of trauma s... Read More


More than 850 people celebrated JDAI's 25th anniversary at the Juvenile Detention Alternatives Initiative (JDAI) Inter-Site Conference in Orlando, Florida.

A delegation of ten JDAI stakeholders from Bernalillo County attended the conference. Repre... Read More


From disproportionality to unfair gender bias to consent decrees to workforce development, legal professionals and youth workers reflect on what needs to be improved within juvenile justice at the Juvenile Detention Alternatives Initiative 2017 conve... Read More


Young people who end up in the court system for substance abuse are at a crucial point in their lives. In many New Mexico communities, recovery courts provide resources for minors to address substance abuse and take advantage of mental health service... Read More


Francine Sherman, clinical professor and director of the Juvenile Rights Advocacy Project at the Boston College Law School, visited the Bernalillo County National Model Site for Juvenile Justice reform on May 23 and 24, 2017. During her vis... Read More

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