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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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Blog Posts to Date

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.
act 4 jj
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
by   |   11/07/2016
Quick shareables to activate your networks on Nov. 15, 2016.
by   |   10/03/2016
The top ten reasons Congress should act to reauthorize this critical law today—some of these may surprise you.
by Bonnie Bee   |   10/03/2016
It's fitting that this year, Youth Justice Awareness Month is changing to Youth Justice ACTION Month. 
by   |   09/23/2016
On Sept. 22, the U.S. House of Representatives passed what might be "the most significant justice reform measure to reach Obama in his tenure," according to juvenile justice advocates.
by   |   09/12/2016
A bipartisan bill to reform and reauthorize the JJDPA, and help states improve juvenile justice programs may move in the House; if passed, it would strengthen prevention and rehabilitation support for at-risk youth and juvenile offenders.
by Karen J. Pittman   |   08/09/2016
A lively discussion on what we know – and what we’re doing with that knowledge – about juvenile justice, with Karen Pittman of the Forum for Youth Investment, Shay Bilchik of the Center for Juvenile Justice Reform and and Steve Michael with the Iowa Department of Human Rights.
by Janaisa Walker   |   07/05/2016
First-generation college student Steven Pacheco spent a year in prison but rather than be derailed, he is now hard at work researching and advocating to improve our justice system. He shares his journey with us.
by Ruben Austria   |   05/23/2016
Rev. Rubén Austria on the less obvious ways our nation's approach to juvenile justice is influencing our communities.
by Naomi Smoot   |   05/19/2016
With less than 100 days remaining on the 114th Congress’ legislative calendar, time is running out for Congress to come together to protect our children and our communities with the passage of S.1169 for JJDPA reauthorization. 
by Jill Ward   |   05/17/2016
On Wednesday, May 18th, appropriators in the House of Representatives will meet to work on the House proposal and we encourage them to follow the lead of their Senate colleagues and ensure the law is adequately funded.