New initiative seeks to keep Philly juveniles out of jail

Advocates are working to ensure that children who commit minor offenses are helped back on the right path


By Phillip Lucas
The Philadelphia Daily News

PHILADELPHIA — With the number of juveniles arrested in Philadelphia dropping to its lowest point since 2007, the city and youth advocates are working to ensure that children who commit minor offenses are helped back on the right path.

Philadelphia has been selected to participate in the Juvenile Detention Alternative Initiative (JDAI), which focuses on jailing only those children who pose the most serious risks to public safety.

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