Congress is long overdue to reauthorize the Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Act (JJDPA). This critical law represents a partnership between the federal government and the states to protect children and youth in the justice system, effectively address high-risk behavior and improve community safety.
If you care about fairer, more effective juvenile justice programs that help young people get their lives back on track while keeping communities safe, you’ll want to know what the federal budget agreement means for state programs. Here’s a look at the juvenile justice provisions in the bill Congress just approved.
At my organization, Community Works West—a California-based nonprofit that runs restorative justice programs—we hear a lot of powerful personal stories. I want to share one with you. It’s a story about the impact of restorative practices and the transformative role that laws like the Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Act (JJDPA) and the resources that come with it can play in a young person’s life.