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Unlocking Potential: Addressing the Overuse of Juvenile Detention in Massachusetts


Citizens for Juvenile Justice and Massachusetts Budget and Policy Center hosted a forum on March 25, 2014 at Bingham McCutchen LLP to highlight the release of two reports on the overuse of juvenile detention in Massachusetts. These presentations were followed by a panel discussion about work being done to address this problem, which included moderator Lynsey Heffernan, DYS JDAI Reform Specialist, and panelists Jennifer Larson Sawin, Executive Director of Communities for Restorative Justice; Bridget Nichols, Springfield Juvenile Court Clinic and coordinator of the dually-involved youth docket in Springfield; and John Flaminio, Director of the Worcester Central Reception Center.

CfJJ's report, Unlocking Potential: Addressing the Overuse of Juvenile Detention in Massachusetts, is available at, and a copy of the presentation given on the report at the event is available here.

MassBudget's companion report, Unlocking Potential: Examining the Funding of Juvenile Detention and Effective Alternatives in Massachusetts can be found at


The research in these reports was funded by the Annie E. Casey Foundation. We thank them for their support but acknowledge that the findings and conclusions presented in this report are those of Citizens for Juvenile Justice alone, and do not necessarily reflect the opinions of the Foundation.