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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

youth in cuffs
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.
by Diane Smith Howard   |   09/17/2013
AsYouth with disabilities are disproportionately represented in the juvenile justice system by a large margin - here's how JJDPA works to fix that.
by Jill Ward   |   09/10/2013
This landmark juvenile justice legislation is the only federal law that sets national standards for the care of youth in the juvenile justice system. It has significantly contributed to the reduction of juvenile crime and delinquency, and it is time for Congress to fund it fully.
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by Naomi Smoot, Robert Vickery   |  
As Congress weighs how to spend federal dollars in 2016, it is essential that they not overlook investments in juvenile justice for.our country’s most valuable and vulnerable resource: our children. 
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On May 18, the House Criminal Justice Appropriations Committee is expected to decide spending levels for federal juvenile justice funds for state programs. These programs keep families and communities safer, help young people get themselves back on track, and save money in the long run. We must fund them fully so they can be effective.
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On May 24, the U.S. House Appropriations Committee passed by voice vote the Fiscal Year 2017 Commerce, Justice, Science Appropriations which contained a proposal to eliminate funding for critical juvenile justice programs authorized by Title II and Title V of the Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Act (JJDPA).
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by Janaisa Walker   |  
Nicholas Turner, President of the nonprofit Vera Institute of Justice, reflects on what's broken in our justice system and how his organization plans to help fix it.
by Jenna Tomasello   |  
You might be wondering: how exactly can youth use their voice for change?