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The National Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Coalition (NJJDPC) is a collaborative array of youth- and family- serving, social justice, law enforcement, corrections, and faith-based organizations, working to ensure healthy families, build strong communities and improve public safety by promoting fair and effective policies, practices and programs for youth involved or at risk of becoming involved in the juvenile and criminal justice systems. We work collaboratively on various reform efforts to improve the administration of juvenile justice.
The NJJDPC achieves its mission by engaging a broad spectrum of opinion leaders and stakeholders, including the voices of those most affected by the juvenile justice system, to:
- Advocate for sensible and safe solutions to crime and delinquency;
- Build and leverage policy leadership in the field and;
- Serve as a clearinghouse for research and best practices within our nation’s juvenile and criminal justice systems.
Recommendations to the Administration and Congress
All members of the NJJDPC are encouraged to join a Working Group. NJJDPC Working Groups are responsible for developing the NJJDPC’s policy and strategy in key issue areas. Participation in a Working Group requires members to contribute time (sometimes weekly) and in-kind resources such as convening conference calls, developing data sheets and positions, photocopying, conducting outreach with policymakers in Congress and to constituents in the field. Typically, Working Groups meet regularly in person. In addition to ACT4JJ, there are two other working groups within the NJJDPC.
The Violence Prevention working group focuses on advocacy for evidence-based solutions to prevent serious youth violence and gang-related offending. The main federal legislative initiative that members of this group work on is the Youth PROMISE Act. Working Group Contacts: Marie Williams (Coalition for Juvenile Justice) and Bob Baskin (The Peace Alliance)
Members of this working group are concerned about federal proposals that would worsen the condition commonly referred to as the school-to-prison-pipeline. Efforts of this working group include public education, capitol hill advocacy, and media outreach to support evidence-based strategies that ensure student safety while protecting youth from unnecessary involvement in the justice system. Working Group Contacts: Ashley Nellis (The Sentencing Project) and Kaitlin Banner (Advancement Project)