VIDEO: Why the JJDPA Matters and What You Can Do
In 2011, almost 1.5 million American youth were arrested, 95 percent of them for non-violent offenses.
(The Sentencing Project)
October 2016: The US House passed its JJDPA reauthorization, and now it's time for the Senate to act. Urge your elected officials to know that the time is now to strengthen the JJDPA's core protections for young people in the juvenile justice system and add accountability measures to ensure compliance with these provisions. Here are some ways you can help!
The JJDPA is the only federal law that sets national standards for the treatment of youth involved in juvenile justice systems. In the 40 years since it was first enacted into law, the JJDPA has enabled significant improvements to juvenile justice, including reducing youth crime rates and supporting many states in creating fairer approaches that help youth stay connected to their communities and get back on track.
We are grateful to Senator Whitehouse and Senator Grassley for this work. Please take a moment to say thanks.
2. Get social about this: Join the Coalition for Juvenile Justice, Act4JJ and SparkAction by using #JJDPAmatters memes about this important issue. Customize any of these sample posts to help spread the word.
|The time is now. Tell your Senator to pass the JJDPA before the end of the year. #JJDPAMatters|
Tell the Senate to protect our children, families, and communities. Reauthorize the JJDPA. #JJDPAMatters bit.ly/JJDPAmatters
|It's time for action on a bipartisan #juvenilejustice bill: bit.ly/JJDPAmatters. Because #JJDPAmatters.|
|Over a decade of research and stories have confirmed what we already know – the treatment of juvenile offenders is a national issue that requires strong safeguards and protections. For 42 years, the JJDPA has helped states build systems that protect kids and promote public safety. We can’t wait another year before we get smart on youth justice. The Senate should pass the JJDPA. #JJDPAMatters|
The JJDPA is an essential piece of legislation to protect children as they grow into our next generation of adults and community members. The changes proposed in S.1169 keep what’s working while integrating new knowledge, providing new essential supports, and strengthening accountability and equity. Support our children and communities, tell the Senate to pass the JJDPA. #JJDPAMatters
Resources on the JJDPA & Positive Youth Justice
- The Act 4 Juvenile Justice Mobilizing Toolkit (talking points, social media posts, images you can share, sample op-eds)
- Key changes to JJDP Reauthorization Act introduced in 113th Congress in 2014
- Major Provisions of Juvenile Justice Reauthorization Act of 2015 (the bill introduced in 2014)
- Act4JJ's Resources on the JJDPA
- Find more videos from youth and other experts on justice in the 40 for 40: 40 Voices for 40 Years of the JJDPA
Stay up to date on juvenile justice issues with the JJDPA Matters Action Center.