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On Dec. 11, 2014, Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) and Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-IA) introduced legislation that would reauthorize the Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Act (JJDPA). This important legislation was first enacted in 1974 and last reauthorized in 2002. The bill put forward in 2014 would strengthen the JJDPA's core protections for youth involved in the juvenile justice system. It would, among other things, eliminate use of the Valid Court Order (VCO) exception, provide further assurances that children who are facing charges are not housed with adult inmates, and require communities to address racial and ethnic disparities. 

Please spread the word by sending your networks to ACT4JJ’s JJDPA Matters Action Center, powered by SparkAction.org.

There, you’ll find:

  • A blog series on Why JJDPA Matters
  • An easy-to-use zip code  action alert for to support funding for the JJDPA and legislation to strengthen and reauthorize the law
  • Resources and information from fellow coalition members and allies


We ask that you:

  • Visit the Action Center and use the alert,
  • Activate your networks to take action, and
  • Share the blogs, alerts, and other information with your networks.


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