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1. New! September 7 #ThumbsUp4Kids Day of Action.
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2. Tell Congress: Reauthorize & Fully Fund the JJDPA

Since 1974, the Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Act (JJDPA) has provided direction and support for state juvenile justice system improvements and has significantly contributed to the reduction of juvenile crime and delinquency. This landmark law sets federal standards for the custody and care of youth in the juvenile justice system while promoting policies that help keep communities safe.

The JJDPA has been overdue for reauthorization since 2007. The House and Senate have each passed bipartisan bills to reauthorize the law. Now it's time to get this finished, so states can do what works for young people and communities.

Take two minutes using the alert below to tell Congress to pass a renewed, strengthened JJDPA now!



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:

  • Activate your networks to take action, and
  • Share the blogs, alerts, and other information with your networks.

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