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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

Our favorite JJDPA-related resources.

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


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.
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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.
Looking for information about recent youth justice reforms — or for inspiration and ideas based on reforms from other states? You can find them in NJJN’s Advances in Juvenile Justice Reform: 2009-2011.
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The power for change lies in our communities. Every October, people all over the country come together to shed light on an issue that impacts nearly 250,000 youth each year. #YJAM!