JJDPA Matters

17
Sep

Youth Voices: Why I Joined my SAG

By Lashon Amado, The National Council of Young Leaders

Under the Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Act (JJDPA), the nation’s main federal juvenile justice law, states must establish State Advisory Groups to monitor state compliance with the law. SAGs must include young people—but engaging them can be a challenge. Not so for 21-year-old Lashon Amado, who jumped at the chance to join his state SAG, and worked hard to get invited. Here’s why.

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15
Sep

We Still Have a Juvenile Incarceration Problem

By Richard Ross

Seven years ago when photographing for an architectural project I was working on at the time, I visited a juvenile detention facility in Texas. While there, I asked a staff member if he would ever be so successful at rehabilitating young people that he might be put out of job. The employee told me no, that he would continue to have work as long as the state of Texas had 10 year-olds.

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10
Sep

This Week: Juvenile In Justice takes on Capitol Hill [PHOTOS]

Photographer Richard Ross takes us inside the country’s juvenile detention facilities in an exhibit on display this week in Washington, DC, to commemorate the 40th anniversary of the Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Act. Check out some of the powerful photographs.

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08
Sep

The JJDPA (Still) Matters: Celebrating 40 Years of Reform

By Jill Ward

On Sept. 7, 2014, the Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Act of 1974 (JJDPA)—the nation’s main law governing state juvenile justice programs—turned 40. This week, advocates from across the country will be taking time to reflect on the importance of this landmark federal law and how it can be made even stronger.

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