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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 Second Chance Act supports a range of reentry programs around the country, designed to help those returning from jail or prison make a successful transition to life on the outside. This resource was creatied as a tool for Second Chance Act grantees as they develop employment strategies, by distilling lessons from research on a range of employment programs.
Liz Ryan
We're ready for the President would nominate a permanent administrator for the Office of Juvenile Justice & Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP).
Edward Ward was an honor student. School should have been a refuge for him, right? Not quite. His days at Orr Academy High School in Chicago were “nerve-racking.” and “tense” because of the ever-present threat of suspension and expulsion.
Defending Childhood
Joe Torre, the baseball player and former New York Yankees manager, had "a lot of insecurity and a lot of fear growing up."
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The National Council of Young Leaders, made up of former "opportunity youth" has specific policy recommendations to ensure access to education, training and good jobs for all youth.
Arne Duncan and youth
Returning to society after being incarcerated isn’t easy. Yet a group of formerly incarcerated youth that recently met with Secretary Arne Duncan and Assistant Secretary for Vocational and Adult Education Brenda Dann-Messier are refusing to let their past lives determine their future.
barbed wire
The Thelton E. Henderson Center for Social Justice at UC Berkeley published a report detailing a pilot program aimed at students of color and low-income families to shift from a zero-tolerance school discipline policy to a restorative justice policy.