The Office of the Attorney General is dedicated to improving the lives of Mississippi’s youth. The Children’s Division collaborates with many state agencies, as well as, nonprofit organizations to improve and expand the services available to children in need.
The Office of the Attorney General is involved in the following programs:
The Annie E. Casey Foundation – Juvenile Detention Alternatives Initiative (JDAI)
Through grant funds, the Juvenile Detention Alternatives Initiative (JDAI) is being replicated in Mississippi. After more than a decade of innovation and replication, JDAI is one of the nation’s most effective, influential, and widespread juvenile initiatives for justice system reform.
Additionally, the Annie E. Casey Foundation awarded the Attorney General’s Office a planning grant to implement JDAI statewide. The plan for going to scale in Mississippi is to replicate JDAI principles in each county court jurisdiction with a juvenile detention facility.
JDAI focuses on the juvenile detention component of the juvenile justice system and promotes changes to policies, practices, and programs to:
- reduce reliance on secure confinement
- improve public safety
- reduce racial disparities and bias
- save taxpayers’ dollars
- stimulate overall juvenile justice reforms
Cal Ripken, Sr. Foundation – Badges for Baseball Program
The mission of the Cal Ripken, Sr. Foundation is to reach young people in disadvantaged communities throughout America and teach them to learn and practice the skills needed to be healthy, happy and successful in life. Through its many programs, the Cal Ripken, Sr. Foundation helps kids understand the importance of choosing to stay in school, staying off harmful substances, and staying away from negative peer groups and gangs.
The Mississippi Badges for Baseball Program is a community crime prevention initiative that utilizes law enforcement officials as mentors. The AGO began its long-term relationship with the Cal Ripken, Sr. Foundation in 2008 when it implemented the Badges for Baseball Program in Boys and Girls Clubs across the state.
To contact the Children’s Division at:
- P.O. Box 220
- Jackson, MS 39205-0220
- Telephone: 601-359-4207
- Toll Free Telephone: 800-829-6766
- Fax: 601-576-4445