Hot off the presses this week, the National Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Coalition has released the third edition of Promoting Safe Communities: Opportunities for Juvenile Justice & Delinquency Prevention Reform.
By A. L. Carlisle, Founder, Coalition for Juvenile Justice
We applaud Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.) and Sen. Grassley (R-Iowa) for their bipartisan leadership in reintroducing the Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Act (JJDPA) on Dec. 11, 2014. Before the JJDPA was first passed, in 1974, many children who were arrested for juvenile offenses were detained or held in adult jails. All too often, boys and girls were placed in the same cells as adults, where they were subjected to both physical and sexual assaults. These young people were harassed and sometimes forgotten for hours on end. Many of them were there because they were charged with status offenses, acts which would not be illegal if committed by adults. They were detained in, and very often committed to, secure facilities for offenses such as truancy, running away from home, and other such acts.
On Dec. 11, 2014, Sens. Grassley (R-IA) and Whitehouse (D-RI) introduced a bipartisan bill to reauthorize the Juvenile Justice & Delinquency Prevention Act (JJDPA), which has been overdue for renewal since 2007.
By Marcy Mistrett, President & CEO, Campaign for Youth Justice
In recent years, several states have made great progress in creating fairer, more effective juvenile justice systems. Many of these changes have happened over time and with little media coverage—in many cases, few residents of these states are aware of the extent and impact of these improvements.