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Residential Services for Detained Population

4200-0200

funding levels adjusted for inflation (CPI)

  • Funding History
  • Description
  • Proposals
Adjusted for inflation (CPI) NOT adjusted
FY18 $28,581,402 $28,581,402
FY17 $28,251,843 $27,633,139
FY16 $28,312,996 $27,187,833
FY15 $27,222,523 $25,966,365
FY14 $26,046,632 $24,667,940
FY13 $22,286,449 $20,783,713
FY12 $19,905,932 $18,256,369
FY11 $21,612,913 $19,256,369
FY10 $23,297,179 $20,353,236
FY09 $29,532,645 $25,549,287
FY08 $28,985,669 $24,729,751
FY07 $24,217,492 $19,922,603
FY06 $24,496,948 $19,642,022
FY05 $24,471,624 $18,907,464
FY04 $24,108,964 $18,083,924
FY03 $24,813,749 $18,210,879
FY02 $22,810,517 $16,379,855
FY01 $20,706,045 $14,609,962
  • See Changes in Funding
Between and
Funding for Residential Services for Detained Population
1.4%

comparisons adjusted for inflation (CPI)

Notes

  • Use caution comparing funding for this line item FY09-FY10. In FY10, funding for information technology was taken out of this line item and shifted to a centralized information technology account. The exact amount of this accounting change is not available.

Residential Services for Detained Population funds detention services for youth awaiting trial. The Department of Youth Services (DYS) aims to divert low risk youth from secure detention through the identification of more appropriate and less costly alternative placements.

DYS has a dual mission – to protect the public and prevent crime by promoting positive change while youth are in custody. Thousands of youth enter the DYS system prior to trial with the majority not ultimately committed to DYS custody. These youth return to the community after trial. Research has shown that youth who spend any amount of time in secure custody experience negative outcomes, including increased rates of recidivism. DYS has begun a reform initiative creating a multi-tiered system using programs and facilities with a range of security levels. Utilizing the Juvenile Detention Alternatives Initiative (JDAI) model developed by the Annie E. Casey Foundation, DYS aims to eliminate unnecessary use of secure detention while improving conditions in secure facilities.

At its core, JDAI demonstrates that jurisdictions can safely reduce reliance on secure detention if a plan is properly implemented and monitored. For more information about the strategies which JDAI outlines, see http://www.aecf.org/MajorInitiatives/JuvenileDetentionAlternativesInitiative/CoreStrategies.aspx

DYS opened a pilot program in Worcester County for pre-trial detainees identified as low risk for failure to appear through the use of an objective risk assessment instrument (RAI). The program diverts low risk youth from secure detention to more appropriate and less costly alternatives.

Two policy/practice changes that have resulted include:

  • the placement of court liaisons in Suffolk County and Worcester County Juvenile Courts
  • implementation of a protocol which specifies the process by which a detained youth 12 and under should be handled, resulting in the majority of detained youth under 13 being diverted to foster care

Four specific populations have also been identified as likely benefiting from detention alternatives: 1) Department of Children and Families (DCF) – involved youth in detention (DYS and DCF signed a Memorandum of Understanding concerning the diversion of child welfare clients); 2) youth in detention as a result of a probation violation; 3) youth in detention as a result of a 30-day court-ordered diagnostic evaluation (68A); and 4) female youth in detention.

Detention admissions dropped 59.8 percent from 5,387 in 2000 to 2,164 in 2014. However, almost 40 percent of the kids (853) detained in 2014 were DCF involved youth. Utilizing alternative placements would keep these already vulnerable kids from spending time in a secure facility. For information on what services could help kids in the child welfare system avoid becoming involved in the juvenile justice system, see MassBudget's report on multi-system youth at http://massbudget.org/reports/pdf/Funding_Opportunities.pdf

Adjusted for inflation (CPI) NOT adjusted
FY18 GAA $28,581,402 $28,581,402
FY18 Leg $28,581,402 $28,581,402
FY18 Sen $29,029,665 $29,029,665
FY18 SWM $28,529,665 $28,529,665
FY18 Hou $28,529,665 $28,529,665
FY18 HWM $28,529,665 $28,529,665
FY18 Gov $28,529,665 $28,529,665
FY17 $28,251,843 $27,633,139

Notes

  • Use caution comparing funding for this line item FY09-FY10. In FY10, funding for information technology was taken out of this line item and shifted to a centralized information technology account. The exact amount of this accounting change is not available.