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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

 

To close out Youth Justice Awareness Month, the W. Haywood Burns Institute calls on Congress to reauthorize the Juvenile Justice & Delinquency Prevention Act (JJDPA).
 
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On Girls Justice Day, we stand with young women leaders to press for reform that addresses the needs and potential of girls in or at risk of entering the juvenile justice system. 
 
The Steering Committee of the National Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Coalition (NJJDPC) is submitting a letter in support of the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2015 (BBA) to continue funding critical programs that protect youth and promote safe communities. 
 
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If you think the recent video from a South Carolina high school is shocking, wait until you see the numbers. The number of school resource officers in schools across the country has risen in recent years, but their role is often loosely defined at best. The result: student with disabilities and students of color disproportionately face arrest.
 
As a nation, we’re living through a powerful moment of reflection on our country’s approach to criminal justice. Progress in states’ juvenile justice systems can offer insights into a better, fairer system — but only if the federal government makes good on its promise to fund what works.
 
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October is Youth Justice Awareness Month, and as consensus builds in the Senate and the House around the need for criminal justice reform, the effort to reauthorize the Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Act (JJDPA) is gaining momentum.
 
Over the past 20 years, states have significantly expanded legislation allowing for the prosecution of children in the adult criminal justice system. For YJAM, Theodore Shaw discusses the harm in prosecuting children as adults.