40 for 40: 40 Stories for 40 Years of the JJDPA
September 2014 marked the 40th anniversary of the Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Act (JJDPA), the nation's main law governing state juvenile justice systems. Forty years ago, the JJDPA changed the face of youth justice—setting basic standards for state systems and establishing four core protections for young people in the system. Many states have used the JJDPA to fund and modernize their programs in ways that give kids the supports they need to get their lives back on track while at the same time helping make communities safer.
Throughout the fall, we'll bring you new voices and personal stories about the impact of the JJDPA and ways it can be strengthened and improved—40 stories in all, to celebrate each year of this landmark law. Watch the clips and learn more about how you can get involved.
Richard Ross Youth Voice: Francisco Garcia
Youth Voice: Edgar Galvez Marc Schindler
Jennifer Carreon Hernan Carvente
About this Video Project
SparkAction, the Act 4 Juvenile Justice Campaign of the National Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Coalition (NJJDPC), and local organizations across the country together are collecting and featuring 40 short videos that use real lives and real voices to illustrate the policy and systems impact of the JJDPA. The project is designed to engage, inform and ultimately mobilize support for a meaningful Congressional reauthorization that improves and strengthens this landmark law to support states in designing fairer, more effective local approaches.
Media Contact: Caitlin Johnson 202-207-3726, firstname.lastname@example.org
About The Act 4 Juvenile Justice Campaign
Act 4 Juvenile Justice (ACT4JJ) is a campaign of the NJJDPC, which represents over 80 national organizations who work on youth development and juvenile justice issues. ACT4JJ is composed of juvenile justice, child welfare and youth development organizations advocating for the reauthorization of the Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Act (JJDPA) and increased federal funding for juvenile justice programs and services.
SparkAction.org is a collaborative, nonprofit journalism and advocacy network to mobilize action for and by young people. We connect concerned adults and young people to compelling stories, context and accurate information on children’s issues, and tools to take action. Learn. Connect. Impact.