#JJDPA Matters


The JJDPA is the main federal juvenile justice law that protects kids and promotes safe communities. It is more than 10 years overdue for Congressional reauthorization. The continuing success of effective state juvenile justice approaches depends on Congress passing the JJDPA and fully funding it.

Congress is closer than ever to getting this done: both the House and Senate have passed bipartisan updates to the law. It's time to take the final step and pass this crucial legislation.

Why the jjdpa matters

The JJDPA is the main federal juvenile justice law. It protects kids and promotes safe communities. JJDPA funding has been cut significantly over the last decade.

The JJDPA is the only federal law that sets national standards for the treatment of youth involved in juvenile justice systems. In the 40 years since it was first enacted into law, the JJDPA has enabled significant improvements to juvenile justice, including reducing youth crime rates and supporting many states in creating fairer approaches that help youth stay connected to their communities and get back on track.


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Tell Congress: Finish the JJDPA Reauthorization

The Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Act (JJDPA) is just one step away from final passage! Use our easy tool to message your Members of Congress toget this one. Kids can't wait!

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September: Join our Letter-A-Day Campaign

Act4JJ is asking organizations to send letters to Congressional leaders to get the bipartisan JJDPA over the finish line.

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Call Your Leadership: Tell Them It's Time to Pass the JJDPA. Let's Get This Done.

The JJDPA sets standards and protections for youth in state juvenile justice programs, and it's back on the table in 2017. The bill passed the House in May, now it's time for the Senate to act.

What you can do: Use the alert below to call your Senators to action. All you need is two minutes, your basic information and we'll get you to your elected officials. We'll even provide talking points.



News & Tools

September 27, 2018
Act for Juvenile Justice
September 25, 2018
Civic Engagement, Advocacy tools
September 14, 2018
Pew Charitable Trusts
JJDPAmatters Letter
August 2, 2018
Act for Juvenile Justice


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