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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 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
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by Bill Baccaglini, Dr. Sylvia Rowlands   |   04/16/2015
After a decade of studying juvenile justice, we have a clearer picture of what works and doesn't work. It's important for Congress to reintroduce JJDPA and promote the continued use and development of evidence based practices that produce better results.
by Marie Williams   |   04/13/2015
The reality on the ground is that the JJDPA’s funding streams have been systematically starved for more than 10 years. It is that starvation that makes it difficult for states to comply with the act’s requirements.
by Francine Sherman, Liz Ryan   |   04/06/2015
Every day our juvenile justice system locks up girls who are victims of sexual violence, and physical and emotional abuse. In fact, victimized girls are incarcerated in a misguided effort to provide them with services and to "protect" them.
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by   |   03/12/2015
Juvenile justice systems across the U.S. are in urgent need of reform. Despite a steady drop in juvenile incarceration and out-of-home placements over the past decade, there are still far too many young people being locked up and placed away from home. Read NJJDPC's recommendations for improving juvenile justice reform.
by David Schmidt   |   02/26/2015
There is a growing effort to protect our most vulnerable youth and although youth advocates are grateful for these efforts, more must be done in order to truly protect our most vulnerable youth. Lawmakers must not overlook the importance of reauthorizing the Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Act (JJDPA).