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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


The Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Act (JJDPA) is a federal-state partnership to improve and modernize juvenile justice approaches.  Here's how some states use the funding, and why it's time for Congress to reauthorize and fully fund he JJDPA law.
For those who care about juvenile justice and opportunities for young people, this week brought both good news and bad.
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U. S. House Approves Bipartisan Bill to Strengthen Federal Juvenile Justice Law   Passage Comes Same Day President Trump Releases FY18 Budget Proposal  
We need to be careful about the language we use to discuss mental health and juvenile justice—and even more careful about how we meet the mental health needs of justice-involved youth.
Eyes on how the federal budget proposals impact the well-being of children and young people.
Senator Ben Sasse
Kim entered the system when she was 11, but her time in Boys Town helped her have the childhood she needed.