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Each month leading up to the 40th anniversary of the landmark Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Act (JJDPA) in September, member organizations of the Act4JJ Campaign will blog on aspects of the JJDPA and why it matters.

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  • JJDPA is the main federal juvenile justice law
  • JJDPA protects kids and promotes safe communities
  • JJDPA funding has been cut significantly over the last decade

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by Rachel Marshall   |   12/05/2017
The JJDPA supports meaningful and effective alternatives to incarceration for young people in states and communities across the country. Here are just a few examples.
by Act4JJ   |   11/21/2017
From now until Thanksgiving, join the Act4JJ Campaign’s 10 Days of Action for the JJDPA! Because the #JJDPAmatters and it's time to get it done.
by Frances Medina and Caitlin Johnson   |   11/16/2017
Advocates concerned about justice and young people have been pushing to reauthorize and fully fund the JJDPA since 2007.
by Rachel Marshall and Jacob Schellinger   |   11/07/2017
November is Native American Heritage Month (#NAHM17), not only is it a time to celebrate the rich history of Native Americans, it is also a time to take a closer look at the laws and policies that impact their communities, particularly Native youth.
by   |   11/06/2017
The top ten reasons Congress should act to reauthorize this critical law today—some of these may surprise you.
by Rachel Marshall   |   10/23/2017
A new report makes a compelling case for why Congress must reauthorize the nation’s landmark youth justice law.
VCO Exception
by Vidhya Ananthakrishnan   |   09/11/2017
A call on Congress to eliminate the Valid Court Order exception as it works to reauthorize the Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Act (JJDPA).
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by   |   08/28/2017
On Thursday, Sept. 7, join the #ThumbsUp4Kids Day of Action calling on Congress to make a positive difference for kids by coming together to pass the JJDPA.
by Celia King   |   08/07/2017
Congress is step closer to a long-awaited update for the nation’s main juvenile justice law.
by   |   08/02/2017
The Senate took long-overdue action to reauthorize The Juvenile Justice & Delinquency Reauthorization Act.
by Act4JJ   |   08/01/2017
The Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Act (JJDPA) is a federal-state partnership to improve and modernize juvenile justice approaches.  Here's how some states use the funding, and why it's time for Congress to reauthorize and fully fund he JJDPA law.
Jim St. Germain
by Preparing Leaders of Tomorrow   |   06/28/2017
Preparing Leaders of Tomorrow Co-Founder Jim St. Germain tells his story of immigration, life in the system, and how he's one of the lucky ones.
by   |   05/25/2017
For those who care about juvenile justice and opportunities for young people, this week brought both good news and bad.
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by Act 4 JJ   |   05/23/2017
U. S. House Approves Bipartisan Bill to Strengthen Federal Juvenile Justice Law   Passage Comes Same Day President Trump Releases FY18 Budget Proposal  
by Micah Haskell-Hoehl   |   05/16/2017
We need to be careful about the language we use to discuss mental health and juvenile justice—and even more careful about how we meet the mental health needs of justice-involved youth.
Senator Ben Sasse
by Kim G.   |   05/05/2017
Kim entered the system when she was 11, but her time in Boys Town helped her have the childhood she needed.
Education Workforce Hearing
by Abby McNeal and Ellen Richet   |   03/20/2017
by Cortney Lovell   |   03/16/2017