Part 3: Alternatives to Detention in Rural Areas: Can it Happen?

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Part 3: Alternatives to Detention in Rural Areas: Can it Happen?

Thursday, March 25, 2021 - 12:00pm


Presented by: Michele Lueders and Annie Brokenleg

Participants will hear from rural jurisdictions about the challenges of implementing detention reforms in rural areas but also how they have overcome those challenges by creating alternatives to detention that are showing promising outcomes while keeping youth in the community.

Annie Brokenleg holds her Master’s of Social Work degree from the University of South Dakota and is a Licensed Certified Social Worker in South Dakota.  Ms. Brokenleg is currently the statewide Juvenile Detention Alternatives Initiative (JDAI) Coordinator for South Dakota.   In her role, she works with several jurisdictions across the state to find alternatives to detention through a strategic eight core strategy approach.  One of those strategies is to reduce racial and ethnic disparities in the juvenile justice system.

Prior to her current role, Ms. Brokenleg was the Racial and Ethnic Fairness (REF) Coordinator in Minnehaha County where she was tasked with coordinating efforts to reduce disparities in Minnehaha County.  Ms. Brokenleg has experience managing a middle school diversion program where she found success implementing culturally-responsive programming with first-time offenders. In addition, Ms. Brokenleg has been trained in three evidenced-based models, Functional Family Therapy (FFT), Moral Reconation Therapy (MRT), and Aggression Replacement Training (ART).   


Michele Lueders has 20 years of experience working with young people and their families in Nebraska. Michele has worked in the field directly with youth and their families, worked as a supervisor supporting front line staff in their work as well as working in an Administrative role to improve outcomes for young people. Currently, Michele serves as one of two statewide JDAI Coordinators for Nebraska. Within this role Michele provides technical assistance to local JDAI jurisdictions in Nebraska and works diligently to expand JDAI framework across Nebraska. Michele has lead multiple initiatives to improve outcomes for young people in Nebraska. Michele’s background includes working within child welfare, behavioral health, juvenile justice and management. This background has assisted Michele in advocating for system changes in Nebraska. Michele earned her bachelor’s degree through the University of Nebraska-Lincoln in Human Resources and Family Sciences and her Master’s degree in Management with a Leadership emphasis through Doane College.


Made possible, in part by The Annie E. Casey Foundation.