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The top ten reasons Congress should act to reauthorize this critical law today—some of these may surprise you.
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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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See also:   Act4JJ.org   |   PromoteSafeCommunities.org   |   SparkAction's Juvenile Justice page


For the second year in a row, the U.S. House Appropriators have defunded juvenile justice programming. Juvenile Justice Advocates Express Disappointment over Lack of Critical Funding for FY 2017.
With less than 100 days remaining on the 114th Congress’ legislative calendar, time is running out for Congress to come together to protect our children and our communities with the passage of S.1169 for JJDPA reauthorization. 
On Wednesday, May 18th, appropriators in the House of Representatives will meet to work on the House proposal and we encourage them to follow the lead of their Senate colleagues and ensure the law is adequately funded. 
Coalition Leaders Applaud Senate Appropriations Committee for Sending Strong Message of Support for Federal Funding of Critical Juvenile Justice Programs
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Years of research have shown that incarcerating a child for a status offense creates trauma and can increase the likelihood of future risky or even criminal behavior. Legislators, young leaders, and advocates came together to call on Congress to reauthorize the Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention act (JJDPA).
A few years ago my colleague, James Bolas, the Executive Director of the Coalition for Homeless Youth (http://www.nychy.org), told me there were rumblings that suggested RHY programs had not sufficiently demonstrated whether and how they affect the lives of the young people they serve.
The Obama administration has demonstrated in recent weeks that when it is committed to an issue, it will go to great lengths to make things happen.