Juvenile Justice Reauthorization Introduced in the Senate 2014
In 2011, almost 1.5 million American youth were arrested, 95 percent of them for non-violent offenses.
(The Sentencing Project)
On Dec. 11, Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) and Sen. Charles Grassley (R-IA) introduced the Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Reauthorization Act of 2014 (S.2999) to reauthorize and improve the Juvenile Justice Delinquency and Prevention Act of 1974 (JJDPA). The JJDPA has been overdue for reauthorization since 2007. Juvenile justice advocates across the country applaud this action. 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, and hope a bill similar to S.2999 will be reintroduced in the next Congress.
Please take a moment to say thanks.
1. Use our quick Action Alert to thank Senator Grassley and Senator Whitehouse (no matter where you live and who represents you, we want a lot of thank you notes getting to the sponsors).
2. Join the social media campaign: Join the Coalition for Juvenile Justice, Act4JJ and SparkAction by posting a photo on Facebook and Twitter holding a sign giving thanking to Sen. Grassley and Sen. Whitehouse for introducing this bill.
- Write the text by hand, and make it as large as possible.
- Make sure the message on the sign is the same as what appears in the sample photo: a thank you and #JJDPAmatters.
- In your post, include #JJDPAMatters and tags for Sen. Grassley and Sen. Whitehouse.
3. Get social about this: customize any of these sample posts to help spread the word.
|Bipartisan bill to renew key federal juvenile justice law just hit the Senate. Thank the sponsors! http://bit.ly/JJDPA-thanks #JJDPAmatters|
|A key, bipartisan #juvenilejustice bill just introduced in the Senate. Take a moment to support it: http://bit.ly/JJDPA-thanks #JJDPAmatters|
|Thank @ChuckGrassley @SenWhitehouse for their new bipartisan #juvenilejustice bill: http://bit.ly/JJDPA-thanks. Because #JJDPAmatters.|
|Exciting news! Senator Chuck Grassley and Senator Sheldon Whitehouse have introduced reauthorization for the #JJDPA, the federal law that helps toreduce incarceration, make state juvenile justice systems more fair and improve public safety! bit.ly/1Gp2z0M Join us in thanking Senators Grassley & Whitehouse for their bipartisan leadership [thank you senator image]|
Resources on the JJDPA & The New Senate Bill
- Statement/Press Release: BREAKING NEWS: Bipartisan JJDPA Reauthorization Introduced in Senate
- Statement from The Sentencing Project: Senators Grassley and Whitehouse Introduce Juvenile Justice Bill
- Statement from the National PTA: National PTA Applauds Bipartisan Legislation to Improve the Nation's Juvenile Justice System
- Summary of the bill's main changes (Act4JJ)
- Grassley-Whitehouse Senate press statement
- And in the "more than you ever wanted to know" category, full text of the bill
- 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
- Op-Ed from A.L. Carlisle of The Hill: Reintroduction of the Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Act Applauded
Stay up to date on juvenile justice issues with the JJDPA Matters Action Center.