JJDPA Matters

29
Sep

Gender Injustice: Why JJDPA Matters for System-Involved Girls

By Francine T. Sherman, Clinical Associate Professor & Director of the Juvenile Rights Advocacy Project, Boston College Law School

Every day in the United States, abused and traumatized girls enter and are pushed through the justice system. My recently released report, Gender Injustice, System-Level Juvenile Justice Reforms for Girls finds that, despite decades of attention, the proportion of girls in the juvenile justice system has increased and their challenges have remained remarkably consistent, resulting in deeply rooted systemic gender injustice for girls.

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24
Sep

Representative Cardenas Urges Pope to Continue to Champion Juvenile Justice Reform

Representative Tony Cárdenas recently sent a letter to Pope Francis, asking him to keep championing the issue of juvenile justice, particularly when he addresses Congress this week.

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17
Sep

TAKE ACTION! #JJDPA Matters to Keep Kids and Communities Safe

On September 7th, the Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Act (JJDPA) turned 41 years old. And this year, there is added cause for celebration. In July, the bipartisan reauthorization bill, S.1169 passed out of Senate Judiciary Committee and could make it to the floor for a vote in the next several weeks. This is the furthest this crucial legislation has come to being reauthorized since 2009!

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08
Sep

Juvenile Justice Legislation Celebrates its 41st Birthday

By Jillian Luchner, Policy Associate, Afterschool Alliance

As the Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Act (JJDPA) celebrates its 41st birthday this month, the possibility of a new tune up is on the horizon. The law, last reauthorized in 2002, is again up for reauthorization. Senator Grassley’s bill, S. 1169, aims to give the important law the alterations it needs to bring it up to date.

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