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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


A new report makes a compelling case for why Congress must reauthorize the nation’s landmark youth justice law.
VCO Exception
A call on Congress to eliminate the Valid Court Order exception as it works to reauthorize the Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Act (JJDPA).
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On Thursday, Sept. 7, join the #ThumbsUp4Kids Day of Action calling on Congress to make a positive difference for kids by coming together to pass the JJDPA.
Congress is step closer to a long-awaited update for the nation’s main juvenile justice law.
The Senate took long-overdue action to reauthorize The Juvenile Justice & Delinquency Reauthorization Act.
VIDEO & ACTION ALERT! The Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Act (JJDPA) is the nation's main juvenile justice law. It needs to be updated and strengthened to help states create fairer, more effective programs. It has been overdue for reauthorization since 2007.