Juvenile Detention Alternative Initiative

Local JDAI Coordinator

Mike Callahan
Phone: 219-326-6808 Ext. 2399

Core Strategies

JDAI is based upon eight core, interconnected strategies that address the primary reasons why youth are unnecessarily or inappropriately detained.

These strategies are:

o Collaboration
o Objective Admissions
o Expedited Case Processing
o Reducing Racial Disparity
o Data Driven Decisions
o Alternatives to Detention
o Special Detention Cases
o Conditions of Confinement

JDAI Steering Committee






Circuit Court Judge

Thomas Alevizos


Circuit Court Juvenile Magistrate

Jonathan Forker

JDAI Coordinator / Quest Administrator

Michael Callahan


Circuit Court Chief Of Staff

Derrick Deck

Director Of Juvenile Court Services

Chip Cotman


Juvenile Probation - Chief

Des Nichols

Juvenile Services Center

Erika Stallworth


Department Of Children Services

Michelle Goebel

Community Mental Health Agency

Dan Peck


County Sheriff's Department

John T. Boyd

County Sheriff's Department

Ron Heeg


LaPorte Police Department

Tom Owens

LaPorte Police Department

Robert Metcalf


Michigan City Police Department

Kevin Urbanczyk

Faith-based Michigan City

Rev. Bill Fine


Faith-based LaPorte

To Be Announced

County Council Member

Randy Novak


Prosecuting Attorney

John M. Espar

United Way Of LaPorte County

Kris Pate


Retired Professor

Dr. Roy Fowles

Ivy Tech

Peter Linden


LaPorte County NAACP

Faye Moore

Michigan City Area Schools

Wendel McCullum/Stacy Attar


LaPorte County Business Owner

Sam Lubeznik

Community Member

To Be Announced


Parents From Michigan City

To Be Announced

Public Defender

To Be Announced


Prosecuting Attorney

Christina Espar

LaPorte County Vistors Bureau

Jack Arnett


LaPorte Chamber

Rita Mrozinski

La Porte Area Schools

Dr. Jane Larson


DCS Attorney

Laura Marvel

Indiana Black Expo

Pat Harris

Systems of Care

Stephen Gill

Indiana Youth Institute

Melanie Walker

Juvenile Detention Alternatives Initiative at the State Level

Indiana has joined the Annie E. Casey Foundation’s Juvenile Detention Alternatives Initiative (JDAI), a bipartisan movement for juvenile justice reinvestment—the reallocation of government resources away from mass incarceration and toward investment in youth, families, and communities. It is through this reinvestment that we can make strides toward achieving genuine public safety.

The Juvenile Detention Alternatives Initiative is a public-private partnership being implemented nationwide. For over 20 years, the Annie E. Casey Foundation’s Juvenile Detention Alternatives Initiative (JDAI) has proven that juvenile justice system’s dual goals of promoting positive youth development and enhancing public safety are not in conflict and can be greatly strengthened by eliminating unnecessary or inappropriate confinement. Indiana is one of nearly 200 JDAI sites in 39 states and the District of Columbia to implement the 8 core strategies of JDAI to enhance and improve their juvenile justice systems.

Marion County joined the JDAI in 2006, becoming the first JDAI site in Indiana. By 2012, the County had reduced admissions to detention by 65.5% and the average daily population in detention had fallen by 47.4%. Felony petitions filed have also been reduced by 18.7%. The County has saved millions of taxpayer dollars previously used for incarceration, through the use of less expensive and more effective community-based alternative sanctions for non-violent juvenile offenders.

In 2009 and 2010, four additional Indiana counties became JDAI sites—Johnson, Lake, Porter, and Tippecanoe Counties. Three additional sites were welcomed into Indiana’s JDAI expansion in 2011 and 2012—Clark, Elkhart, and Howard counties. With the addition of Clark, Elkhart and Howard counties, over 34% of Indiana’s at-risk youth (youth age 10-17) reside in the eight (8) Indiana JDAI sites.

The 8 JDAI Counties have experienced a reduction in admissions to detention by an average of 44.7%, and a reduction in their average daily populations of 40.7% as of the end of 2012. During this same period of time, juvenile re-arrest rates remained steady at 18% and juvenile felony petitions filed have dropped by 15.8%. As of the end of 2013, DOC commitments were down from 386 during the baseline year for the original 8 JDAI Counties to 284—a 37% reduction!

In 2014, the Indiana Juvenile Detention Alternatives Initiative is undergoing another expansion. Eleven additional counties have recently joined the JDAI. These counties include: Allen, Bartholomew, Boone, Delaware, Henry, LaGrange, LaPorte, Madison, St. Joseph, Vanderburgh, and Wayne. With this expansion approximately 56% of youth ages 10-17 will live in a county implementing JDAI. Our goal is to advance the proven juvenile justice improvement strategies of JDAI to include all 92 counties throughout Indiana who wish to be a part of this initiative.

As one of the first states in the nation to implement JDAI on a statewide basis, Indiana continues to be a national leader in advancing the cause of an equitable and effective juvenile justice system.

For further information, please contact Nancy Wever at Nancy.wever@courts.IN.gov.


Laporte County JDAI Summary
Indiana Department of Child Services
Child Abuse Hotline
Dunebrook Child Abuse Center
Harmony House / CASA
The Youth Law T.E.A.M. of Indiana
United Way of LaPorte County
Indiana Supreme Court
Courts in The Classroom
State of Indiana JDAI
JDAI Help Desk
LaPorte County Bar Association
Odyssey Public Access for Indiana Courts and Clerks

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