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Fall 2007


AS local and state government increasingly loo to cut costs, save money, and explore service alternatives, juvenile detention bed capacity has decreased dramatically in New York State over the past few years. Concerned about the impact this reduction is having on youth, families and communities, the Juvenile Detention Association of New York State has begun to confront the issue of detention capacity management. In order to better understand capacity changes, this study investigates the capacity decision-making process at the agency level. Building on the conceptual foundation established by existing literature on nonprofit-government relations and nonprofit advocacy, I identify factors that have impacted capacity decisions in 8 detentions agencies, including informational inputs, agency goals, and agency relationships with government stakeholders. Based on findings this exploration of the capacity decision process, I make recommendations that Juvenile Detention Association of New York can use to develop an effective approach to managing nonsecure juvenile detention in New York State.