What's Happening Now: Spotlight on JJDPA Legislation

July 20, 2015

UPDATES: On July 23, bipartisan bill S1169 was approved out of markup by a voice vote and is now ready for Senate floor. Learn more.

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With support growing on the State and Federal level around criminal justice reform, there needs to be a stronger call to action towards reforming the juvenile justice system as well. In order to do that, we need a strenghtened Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Act.

Not sure what's the status of the bill is or ways you can help? Here's your guide for JJDPA updates.

On April 30, Senator Chuck Grassley (R-IA) and Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) introduced bipartisan bill S.1169, which is the first step in the long-awaited reauthorization of the Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Act (JJDPA). Similar to S.2999 that was introduced at the end of the 113th Congress, the bill strengthens the JJDPA's core protections for young people in the juvenile justice system and adds accountability measures to ensure compliance with the Act. The JJDPA has been overdue for reauthorization since 2007. Juvenile justice advocates across the country applaud this action.

Current Status:

Sponsors   Co-Sponsors
Senator Chuck Grassley (R-IA)   Senator Patrick Leahy (D-VT)
Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI)   Senator Roy Blunt (R-MO)
    Senator John Cornyn (R-TX)
    Senator Richard Durbin (D-IL)
    Senator Chris Coons (D-DE)
    Senator Orrin Hatch (R-PA)
    Senator Richard Blumenthal (D-CT)
    Senator Marco  Rubio (R-FL)
    Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-CA)

The Senate Judiciary Committee met Thursday, July 23 on S.1169 to reauthorize and strenghten the JJDPA and its core protections for youth involved in the juvenile justice system. The markup was a success! The bill was voted out of the mark up committee by a voice vote and is reported to the Senate floor!

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Over a decade of research and stories have confirmed what we already know – the treatment of juvenile offenders is a national issue that requires strong safeguards and protections. For more than 40 years, the JJDPA has helped states build systems that protect kids and promote public safety.

We need your help! It only takes a few minutes to fill out this Action Alert to let Congress know we need a renewed, strengthend JJDPA now! (No matter where you live and who represents you, we want this urgency getting to sponsors).

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Briefings and Hill events are taking place all throughout July in Washington, DC. If you're in the DC, Maryland, or Virginia area, here's how you can participate in person. Not in the area? Check out below to advocate online.

1. In person

Day Event Location More Information
Wed, July 22, 10am E.T. "How JJDPA Reauthorization Can End the Mass Incarceration Criss" Congressional Briefing 1629 Longworth House Office Bldg Washington, DC 20515 Flyer
Thurs, July 23, 2:30pm E.T.

“Uncuffing Our Youth: How
Reforming Juvenile Justice Helps End the Mass Incarceration Crisis" Audio Press Conference

Dial In Number: 
(712) 775-7035
Meeting ID: #801477
Press Release

2. Online

twitter Thank you @ChuckGrassley & @SenWhitehouse for leading the way to safer communities for all children. bit.ly/JJDPAmatters

A vote for the JJDPA is a vote for our children, families, and communities.#JJDPAMatters bit.ly/JJDPAmatters


Support our children and communities, tell the Senate Judiciary Committee to vote in favor of S.1169 #JJDPAMatters bit.ly/JJDPAmatters


.[Insert judiciary member handle] please support our youth. Vote yes on 1169 #JJDPAMatters."

@ Handles for Judiciary Members
@OrrinHatch @SenatorDurbin
@SenMikeLee @SenBlumenthal
@SenatorLeahy @SenatorSessions
@amyklobuchar @SenTedCruz
@GrahamBlog @SenFeinstein
@JeffFlake @alfranken
@chuckschumer @DavidVitter
@ChrisCoons @JohnCornyn











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