The Juvenile Justice and Deliquency Prevention Reauthorization Act is currently being debated in the Capitol.
The Act 4 Juvenile Justice (Act4JJ) campaign is circulating a sign-on letter to Senators Grassley (R-IA) and Whitehouse (D-RI) to express gratitude for their leadership in sponsoring S. 1169, the Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Reauthorization Act of 2015. The bill strengthens and updates the Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Act (JJDPA), which has provided States and localities with federal standards and supports for improving juvenile justice and delinquency prevention practices and contributed to safeguards for youth, families and communities for more than 40 years. Despite a continuing decline in youth crime and delinquency, more than 60,000 young people are held in detention centers awaiting trial or confined by the courts in juvenile facilities in the U.S. For these confined youth, and other at-risk youth, the JJDPA and programs it supports are critical. Since the last JJDPA reauthorization was approved in 2002, there have been many developments in the field of juvenile justice that significantly impact practitioners’ work. S. 1169 recognizes and addresses many of these developments. It is not perfect, but it is a step forward for youth.
If your organization is able to sign on to this letter of support, please email Naomi Smoot with the proper listing of your organization’s name (firstname.lastname@example.org). Act4JJ will be collecting signatures over the next month, but early support is strongly encouraged.