What Happened: The National Call-In Day for JJ Funding

June 18, 2014

If you were part of the June 3, 2014 Call-In Day for Juvenile Justice, thank you!

More than 150 people told us they used SparkAction's easy alert to call their Senators and urge them to fully fund juvenile justice programs.

So ... what happened when the appropriators met that first week of June? Did they fully fund these programs?

Our friends at the Coalition for Juvenile Justice put together a summary of the work to date.

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In the Senate

The National Call-In Day for Juvenile Justice Funding focused on the Senate and its Committee on Commerce, Justice, Science and Related Agencies Appropriations Act of 2015 (S. 2437). These funding levels are higher than those approved by the House (see below).

The bill provides $61.5 million for Title II grants, and $37 million for Title V grants, $17 million of which is earmarked for other purposes. The Senate bill also zeroes out funding for the JABG program. (For more on what these Titles and programs are, check out Act4JJ's summary).

The bottom line: overall, the bill would allocate $257.5 million for juvenile justice funding, slightly more than the $254.5 million that was approved in last year's FY14 omnibus appropriations bill.

The full senate took up the "minibus bill" that S.2437 is part of on June 17. While it was expected to take several days to pass, consensus could not be reached on amendments and progress on the bill has since come to a halt.

In the House

The House had already passed its funding bill when we launched the National Call-In Day. In fact, one of the goals of the Call-In Day was to urge the Senate appropriators to include higher funding levels than the house did in its version.

H.R. 4660 is the Commerce, Justice, Science and Related Agencies Appropriations Act of 2015. The bill, which was approved by the House on May 30, 2014, would allocate $225.5 million for juvenile justice programs (compared with $257.5 in the Senate version as noted above).

This is nearly $30 million less than the FY14 Omnibus Appropriations and less than half of the funding levels that were approved in 2002, the last time the Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Act (JJDPA) was reauthorized.

The House bill would provide $45 million for Title II grants, $90 million for youth mentoring and $90.5 million for other programs. It would again eliminate funding for the Juvenile Accountability Block Grant (JABG) program. It also zeroes out funding for Title V. (For more on what these Titles cover, check out Act4JJ's summary).

The bill provides significantly less money for juvenile justice than the White House’s FY15 proposal. The administration set its FY15 request for juvenile justice funding at $299.4 million, including $50 million for Title II, $42 million for Title V, and $30 million for JABG grants. A portion of the Title V funds in this proposal is earmarked for other purposes.

Act Now

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It's not to late to make your voice heard. If you think we should increase funding for juvenile justice, use our Zip Code-activated alert and let your Members of Congress know how you feel. 

 


 

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