House Panel Clears JJDPA Reauthorization Bill [JJIE]
Thursday, September 15, 2016
A bipartisan bill to update the primary federal law that protects juveniles in state and local custody sailed through a key committee on Wednesday.
The House Education and Workforce Committee approved by voice vote the Supporting Youth Opportunity and Preventing Delinquency Act (HR 5963).
The bill updates core protections in the law and gives states new flexibility to address delinquency and gang involvement prevention in local communities. It also includes guidance on preventing racial and ethnic disparities in the system and increased reporting requirements to track how juveniles fare during and after their time in the system.