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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

Justice data
by Josh Rovner   |   04/16/2014
Josh Rovner explains the startling disparities between how frequently black and white teenagers encounter the juvenile justice system.
by Benjamin Chambers   |   04/09/2014
For National Crime Victim's Right Week, Benjamin Chambers at the National Juvenile Justice Network talks about the pervasiveness of racial disparities in both the treatment of youth in the justice and in the numbers of youth who are victims of crime.  
by Dick Mendel   |   04/03/2014
Journalist Dick Mendel takes a close look at the over-representation of minority youth in the juvenile justice system and some good news on the horizon when it comes to reducing this disproportionate minority contact.
by Marie Williams   |   03/28/2014
Each year, hundreds of young people are locked up for actions that would not be criminal if they were adults, like breaking curfew or smoking. A new set of National Standards could end the jailing of children for these "status offenses."
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by Jeannette Y. Pai-Espinosa   |   03/25/2014
With the JJDPA undergoing reauthorization, new approaches have been suggested in order to insure that all youth, including girls and young women, get the help they need to heal and thrive. 
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by Judge Joan Byer   |   03/19/2014
The JJDPA is introducing a new bill to legislation that would prohibit courts from placing youth in locked detention for status offenses.    
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by Steve Teske   |   03/14/2014
A chief juvenile court judge explores how the JJDPA can ensure youth get services to continue their education, not time behind bars.
by Honorable David E. Stucki & Shawn C. Marsh, Ph.D.   |   12/17/2013
The National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges shows their support for reauthorizing the JJDPA.
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by Keri Nash   |   12/12/2013
The JJDPA is the single most important piece of federal legislation affecting youth in juvenile justice systems across the country.
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by Ashley Moore   |   12/03/2013
The JJDPA has been a valuable tool to help begin to dismantle the pipeline to prison and punishment and instead create a pathway to appropriate services and treatment to support youth, strengthen families and protect communities.
by Micah Haskell-Hoehl   |   11/26/2013
We've come a long way since the "superpredator" stereotype. More states are using brain science to guide rehabilitation, supported by the JJDPA. Micah Haskell-Hoehl explains.
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by Ned Loughran   |   11/18/2013
A review of the JJDPA's impact over the past 40 years.
by Eric Martyn   |   11/12/2013
From its very beginnings, JJDPA has supported-- and continues to support-- state and local to efforts to prevent juvenile delinquency.
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by Shaena Fazal   |   11/05/2013
Youth Advocate Programs, Inc.'s Shaena Fazal makes the case for the JJDPA for all core issues in the justice system for youth.
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by Anna Wong   |   10/29/2013
How community-based alternative programs are improving racial disparities in Ventura County, CA.
by Sarah Munshi   |   10/22/2013
As young LGBT students face discrimination, abandonment and unequal treatment in the legal system, the JJDPA steps in to help them.
afterschool alliance
by Erik Peterson   |   10/15/2013
The JJDPA connects to afterschool programs for important reasons: Here's why.  
by Sarah Bryer   |   10/08/2013
The National Juvenile Justice Network’s Sarah Bryer discusses state juvenile justice reform victories led by advocates, and how those actions need to be mirrored and supported by a reauthorized JJDPA.
by Alex Berger   |   10/01/2013
With embedded racial inequality in the juvenile justice system, the JJDPA is working to reduce that with important programs and funding.
SAG meeting
by Alexandra Staropoli   |   09/24/2013
Collaborative State Advisory Groups, or SAGs, bring diverse perspectives into state juvenile justice programs—and are yet another way that the landmark JJDPA law improves juvenile justice.