Invest in Youth Justice this August

Feds Making Decisions that will Shape State Programs

Federal funding for state programs are set each year during the appropriations process. Juvenile justice systems are controlled by states, but rely on federal funding to be effective.  Right now, there’s an opportunity to help shape funding so that it encourages state innovation and effective approaches. It’s more than just fighting cuts, it’s about how states can use funds, as you’ll see below.

Real lives and futures are at stake. That’s why two national campaigns, the National Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Coalition's Act4JJ Campaign and Dignity in Schools, are working together to let you take action today to promote safe communities and improve outcomes for youth.

You can make a difference. Let's make sure week keep our communities safe for our children tomorrow by investing in them today! Here are three things you can do right now.

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Here’s what’s happened so far: In July, the Senate Appropriations Committee approved its Fiscal Year 2014 Commerce, Justice, Science and Related Agencies (CJS) appropriations bill, which includes funding for state juvenile justice systems and reforms. These funds are critical to implementing policies that keep youth out of the justice system and help states decrease the number of youth who are incarcerated. Check out the latest blog from Liz Ryan of the Campaign for Youth Justice for more details.

The bill also includes a proposed increase in funding for school resource officers (SROs), typically armed guards or police assigned to schools. While school safety is a top priority, these dollars would be far better spent on the proven, preventative practices that make schools safer without exposing students to unnecessary arrests and involvement in the juvenile justice system. Dignity in Schools’ Matt Cregor has the scoop.

The House Appropriations Committee has already finalized its spending bill. Now, the full House and Senate will each consider their bills, and then the two must be “conferenced” together to create a single Congressional bill. That’s not easy, since the spending levels differ significantly between the House and Senate versions.

Congress is in recess for August, which means it’s a great time to Take Action and try to set up a local meeting with your elected officials. Let us know what you do!

Sample Social Media:

The following posts are designed to make it easy for you to share these actions with your friends and networks. The coalitions behind these alerts believe that if we all do our part and if we engage our allies, we can make a real difference during Invest in Youth Justice Week.

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Tags: #CounselorsNotCops, #JUSTinvest

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FB1Kids who are put in adult jails have the highest suicide rates of all inmates. Take action today to protect our children from the harms of adult jails. http://bit.ly/14GeW8w

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http://www.dignityinschools.org/sites/default/files/stopcriminalizing.jpg?135846079970 percent of students referred to law enforcement or arrested in school are students of color.
Tell the Senate that it's time for school counselors, not cops. http://bit.ly/15fUQAZ

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http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8534/8631246871_a7528f407d_z.jpgFACT: A first-time arrest doubles the odds a student will drop out of school. A first court appearance quadruples those odds.

Here's what you can do to end the school-to-prison pipeline: The Senate is considering funding for cops in schools. Tell them it's time to invest in school counselors and pro-active solutions to help make schools safer! http://bit.ly/15fUQAZ

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You can change this picture. Use the action alert to tell Congress to to fund initiatives that keep kids out of jails. http://bit.ly/14GeW8w

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FACEBOOK3It's people like you who changed the law to protect kids from the danger of smoking. Now you can do the same for kids in adult jails. Use the action alert to tell Congress to fund initiatives that keep kids out of adult jails. http://bit.ly/14GeW8w

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Twitter

Tags:   #CounselorsNotCops  #SafeSchools   #school2prison

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  • Youth of color remain in jj system longer than white youth for the same crime. Justice? #act4jj #JUSTinvest http://bit.ly/14GeW8w
  • 70% of students ref. to law enforcement or arrested in school are students of color.We need #CounselorsNotCops! http://bit.ly/15fUQAZ
  • A 1st-time arrest doubles odds a student will drop out; 1st court appearance quadruples them http://bit.ly/15fUQAZ #school2prison
  • Only 1% of all adult jail inmates are kids, but they make up 21% of sexual inmate violence. This is just wrong. #act4jj #JUSTinvest http://bit.ly/14GeW8w
  • The US incarcerates more of its kids per capita than any other developed nation. This can change. #act4jj #JUSTinvest http://bit.ly/14GeW8w
     
  • Surveys show 3/4 Americans agree that the #youthjustice system should focus on rehabilitation. http://bit.ly/14GeW8w
  • Alternatives to detention work and are cost-effective. Tell Congress to keep funding them. #act4jj #JUSTinvest http://bit.ly/14GeW8w

 

 


 

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Great context from DC briefing on juvenile justice 7/30/13

Liz Ryan's blog on the issues in the Senate spending bill

Matt Cregor's blog on the implications of the appriopriations for school safety

Senate appropriations bill

House appropriations bill

Research

Adolescent Brain Development & Juvenile Justice http://bit.ly/dCyrFL

Issue Brief: Police in Schools Are Not the Answer to the Newtown Shooting http://bit.ly/1dnZ3FJ

Statement by Youth of Color on School Safety and Gun Violence in America http://bit.ly/17fJhfC

SafeQualitySchools.org: School Safety Resources http://bit.ly/108lxXK

Model Code on Education and Dignity http://bit.ly/Zzx4yr

Fact Sheet: Creating Positive School Discipline http://bit.ly/1avsyZO

Education Under Arrest: The Case Against Police in Schools http://bit.ly/sFfK5z

Potential for Change: Public Attitudes and Policy Preferences for Juvenile Justice Systems Reform http://bit.ly/17gGMsl

Alternatives to Youth Incarceration http://bit.ly/1bDu36s