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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

by Robert Winters   |   09/30/2015
Juvenile justice in the U.S. has for four decades been governed by only a single set of federal standards: those of the Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Act (JJDPA). Learn how a new reauthorization could create a new lega standard for juvenile justice. 
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by Francine T. Sherman   |   09/29/2015
Every day in the U.S. abused and traumatized girls enter and are pushed through the justice system. Gender Injustice describes a better way for girls and underscores the need for swift JJDPA passage to guide and support states to stop criminalizing girls for misbehavior that is directly connected to trauma. 
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by Tomás Perez   |   09/22/2015
On September 17th, a briefing in the Russell Senate Office Building was held to discuss the bipartisan bill S. 1169, the Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Reauthorization Act (JJDPA) of 2015.
by Marcy Mistrett, Marie Williams   |   09/21/2015
The Act4JJ Coalition, a group of more than 100 organizations have for 8 years been urging Congress to act on the JJDPA. If you care about kids, join their call in asking Congress to reauthorize now! 
by Jillian Luchner   |   09/08/2015
The Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Act (JJDPA) celebrated its 41st birthday and the possibility of a new tune-up is on the horizon. 
by Jason Pye   |   08/17/2015
Too often, judges, in closed-door hearings deemed necessary to protect the young offender, take tough stances in a purported attempt to scare them straight. The good news is that the number of crimes committed by juveniles is at record lows.
by Sarah Barr   |   07/24/2015
A bipartisan bill that aims to strengthen protections for youth who enter the criminal justice system cleared a key congressional committee.
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by John Kelly   |   07/23/2015
The Senate Judiciary Committee approved yet another attempt to update the Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Act (JJDPA), which has not been reauthorized since 2002.
by Jennifer Bellamy   |   07/22/2015
The best sentencing reform is keeping kids out the justice system in the first place.
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by Maheen Kaleem   |   07/21/2015
Despite the significant progress that advocates have made over the past few decades to spread awareness about juvenile justice reform, girls have not seen the benefits of these efforts.
by Stell Simonton   |   06/12/2015
A bill to reauthorize the Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Act was introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives by Rep. Bobby Scott, D-Va.
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by Marcy Mistrett, Sarah Bryer   |   06/12/2015
In repsonse to the tragic death of Kalief Browder, the young man who took his life in June 2015 after being imprisoned for three years at New York’s Rikers Island before the charges against him were finally dropped, Senator Rand Paul has alluded to Browder being denied his Sixth Amendment right to a speedy, public trial.
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by   |   06/09/2015
The Senate Appropriations Committee's CJS Committee will weigh in on important funding levels for key juvenile justice funding.
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by Jennifer Bellamy   |   05/27/2015
You can't address mass incarceration by cutting funding for juvenile justice. But that seems to be the illogical and counterproductive approach that some members of Congress are taking.
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by Grace Bauer, James Bell, Sarah Bryer, Jody Kent Lavy, Marcy Mistrett, Marc Schindler, Marie Williams   |   05/11/2015
During the unrest that occurred in Baltimore following the death of Freddie Gray, many leaders on the local and national level referred to the teens and young adults as “criminals” and “thugs.” By doing so, they invoked harmful narratives about the young people involved, the motives behind their actions and the kinds of solutions that are needed.
by Gary Gately   |   05/01/2015
A bipartisan juvenile justice bill introduced would significantly strengthen requirements meant to protect youths while putting teeth into regulations to prevent widespread waste, abuse, fraud and retaliation against whistleblowers in the U.S. Justice Department.
by   |   04/29/2015
Bipartisan consensus on strengthening federal law to reduce incarceration, make state juvenile justice systems more fair, improve public safety. Youth, family and juvenile justice advocates endorse reintroduction of bill to support states efforts to improve their juvenile justice systems, protect kids, and build safer communities
by Gary Gately   |   04/28/2015
Sen. Charles E. Grassley, R-Iowa, the chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, announced the impending introduction of the bipartisan measure, co-sponsored by Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse, D-R.I., at a news conference at the National Press Club.
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by   |   04/23/2015
Members of the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee held a hearing about accountability and oversight of federal juvenile justice programs. The hearing came after a series of letters from Senator Charles Grassley (R-IA) earlier this year to Office of Justice Programs' Karol Mason.  
by   |   04/22/2015
Enacted in 1974, the Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Act (JJDPA) provides direction and support for state juv