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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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troubled youth
by Evan Elkin   |   11/09/2015
It is inconceivable that a system responsible for the administration of justice would allow such inequality and victimization to persist. We must do more to protect our nation’s young people. We need interagency cooperation to address the diverse needs and experiences of the nation’s most vulnerable youth. 
by Julia Beatty   |   10/31/2015
To close out Youth Justice Awareness Month, the W. Haywood Burns Institute calls on Congress to reauthorize the Juvenile Justice & Delinquency Prevention Act (JJDPA).
girls day
by Jeannette Pai-Espinosa   |   10/29/2015
On Girls Justice Day, we stand with young women leaders to press for reform that addresses the needs and potential of girls in or at risk of entering the juvenile justice system. 
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by Diane Smith Howard   |   10/28/2015
If you think the recent video from a South Carolina high school is shocking, wait until you see the numbers. The number of school resource officers in schools across the country has risen in recent years, but their role is often loosely defined at best. The result: student with disabilities and students of color disproportionately face arrest.
by Marcy Mistrett   |   10/21/2015
As a nation, we’re living through a powerful moment of reflection on our country’s approach to criminal justice. Progress in states’ juvenile justice systems can offer insights into a better, fairer system — but only if the federal government makes good on its promise to fund what works.
Sloane Baxter
by Sloane Baxter and Lisette Burton   |   10/19/2015
October is Youth Justice Awareness Month, and as consensus builds in the Senate and the House around the need for criminal justice reform, the effort to reauthorize the Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Act (JJDPA) is gaining momentum.
by Theodore Shaw   |   10/16/2015
Over the past 20 years, states have significantly expanded legislation allowing for the prosecution of children in the adult criminal justice system. For YJAM, Theodore Shaw discusses the harm in prosecuting children as adults. 
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by Amy Harfeld & Caitlin Johnson   |   10/09/2015
Voices from the 2015 Capitol Hill hearing, "Reviewing the Juvenile Justice System and How It Serves At-Risk Youth."
Congressional Black Caucus
by Adam Clark   |   10/05/2015
The Congressional Black Caucus Foundation's 45th Annual Legislative Conference provided powerful discussions from young people, adovocates, and Congress members around the urgency for strong juvenile justice reform. Adam Clark shares a recap of the event.  
Alton Pitre
by Alton Pitre   |   10/02/2015
October is Youth Justice Awareness Month (YJAM). Now is the time to challenge ourselves to get involved in this movement. We must use our personal stories and experiences to change the minds and hearts of those in power.
by   |   10/01/2015
We're excited to announce that President Barack Obama has signed a proclamation observing October as National Youth Justice Awareness Month. In his release, the President calls on americans to "observe this month by getting involved in community efforts to support our youth, and by participating in appropriate ceremonies, activities, and programs."
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. 
Marc Schindler
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.
Senator Grassley
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.