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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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Resources for You

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See also:   Act4JJ.org   |   PromoteSafeCommunities.org   |   SparkAction's Juvenile Justice page

 

Each year, more than 7,000 cases result in girls and boys being placed behind bars for behaviors like skipping school, coming home after curfew, and running away from home. Research has shown that this practice is costly and dangerous. This response costs taxpayers nearly $241 per day, per child.
 
The Youth First Initiative  released a national poll showing that across the political spectrum, Americans believe that the youth justice system is in need of  reform.
 
Earlier this month, President Obama and his Administration released its Fiscal Year 2017 (FY17) budget plan and it had some good news for children and youth.  
 
With the Juvenile Justice & Delinquency Prevention Act (JJDPA)— stalling in the Senate, Starcie Ague of the Federal Advisory Committee on Juvenile Justice, shares recommendations and calls on the U.S. Senate to reauthorize the JJDPA.
 
Opposition by Senator Tom Cotton (R-AR), who took objection to the bill's phase-out of the valid court order (VCO) exception, caused landmark juvenile justice bill S.1169 to stall in the Senate.
 
Xavier McElrath-Bey knows first-hand what it means to be a child facing life without parole, and why second chances for youth are powerful and fair. 
 
It's been a great time for juvenile justice with the Supreme Court issuing an important ruling on life without parole sentences for children and President Obama issuing an executive order forbidding, among other things, solitary confinement for juveniles in federal prisons.