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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

 

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. 
 
The Supreme Court ruled that Miller v. Alabama's prohibition on teenagers sentenced to life imprisonment for murder must have a chance to argue that they be released from prison.
 
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List of organizations who support reauthorization of the Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Act
 
JJDPA matters
As we celebrate 41 years of the JJDPA, which is currently more than eight years overdue for reauthorization, we must remember that the continuing success of effective juvenile crime prevention and deterrence depends on Congress strengthening its provisions. Use this toolkit to urge Congress to reauthorize the JJDPA to protect our youth and communities. 
 
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New York Remains One of Two States to Automatically Prosecute 16 and 17-Year-Olds As Adults, Despite Risks to Youth and Public Safety
 
Governor Cuomo issued an Executive Order directing the Department of Corrections and Community Supervision, in collaboration with the Office of Children and Family Services, to implement a plan to remove minors from adult prisons in the state.