JJDPA Matters

07
Dec

Two Steps Forward, One Step Back: America's Better, But Still Broken, Juvenile Justice System

Every day, it seems, criminal justice reform is in the news, and America finally seems to be taking the mass incarceration crisis seriously. Yet this focus has not extended to the progress made, and problems still faced, by young people caught up in the justice system. Although we are sending fewer young people to juvenile detention facilities, black youth are now even more likely to be locked up than their white peers, according to research collected by the Marshall Project. Unfortunately, this mixed record of progress holds true for our juvenile justice system generally; we've made a lot of progress in the way our justice system treats young people, and yet we still have so far to go.

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24
Nov

JJDPA Mattered in 2015: What I'm Thankful For

National juvenile justice advocates who have been making the case for why JJDPA matters have a lot to be thankful for in 2015. And so do the young people and families who will benefit from stronger, more effective policies.

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12
Nov

Call to Action for Youth Justice

In the past few years, we have seen more mainstream attention both from community members and influential leaders to a population that has largely been invisible: young people involved in the juvenile justice system. This fall alone, Pope Francis spoke out about injustice in our justice system, in particular involving children and youth. Just last month, the president issued a proclamation declaring October to be Youth Justice Awareness Month (YJAM).

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26
Oct

#StoptheCuts and Fund What Matters for Safer Kids & Communities

By Marcy Mistrett, President & CEO, Campaign for Youth Justice

As a nation, we’re living through a powerful moment of reflection on our country’s approach to criminal justice. Progress in states’ juvenile justice systems can offer insights into a better, fairer system — but only if the federal government makes good on its promise to fund what works.

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