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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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Tuesday, October 17

Join the #YJAM National Call-In Day for the JJDPA.

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Resources for You

Our favorite JJDPA-related resources.

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


kids count on youth incarceration
America’s rate of locking up young people has dropped by more than 40 percent over a 15-year period, with no decrease in public safety, according to a 2013 report from the Annie E. Casey Foundation.
From juvenile offender to recipient of the prestigious Soros Justice Fellowship, Frankie Guzman's life is an "opportunity" success story. A group of incarcerated teenage boys at the O.H. Close Youth Correctional Facility in Stockton slouch in plastic orange chairs, arms crossed, scowling at their tie-clad visitor, whose lecture will eat into their TV time.
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.