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Bernalillo County – The Bernalillo County Youth Services Center is hosting a delegation from the State of Chihuahua, Mexico on April 9-10 to highlight the county’s model efforts in managing juvenile justice reform.

A facility tour and a question and answer session will be held at 3:45 p.m. on Monday, April 9 at the BernCo Youth Services Center, 5100 2nd Street NW.

“The Bernalillo County Youth Services Center is honored to have our juvenile justice colleagues here from Chihuahua, Mexico to learn from our hard work and success and for us to learn about their successes as well,” says Youth Services Center Director Craig Sparks.

The Bernalillo County Youth Services Center is a national model site for the Juvenile Detention Alternative Initiative (JDAI) and the Bernalillo County Youth Services Center hosts teams from all over the country every year who want to learn about juvenile detention and juvenile justice reform.

The Mexican delegation will also be sharing the significant juvenile reform work that they have been working on in the last few years. Members of the JDAI Collaborative in Bernalillo County were in Mexico in 2016 to offer technical assistance and information to support Mexico’s reform efforts.

In 2005, the Annie E. Casey Foundation named the Youth Services Center a national model site for successfully implementing the Juvenile Detention Alternatives Initiative (JDAI).

Since 1992, the Juvenile Detention Alternatives Initiative, a project of the Annie E. Casey Foundation, has demonstrated that jurisdictions can safely reduce reliance on secure confinement and generally strengthen their juvenile justice systems through a series of interrelated reform strategies. JDAI is now being replicated in over 250 jurisdictions in 39 states and the District of Columbia.

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