Despite sustained decreases in juvenile offending, 54,000 youth will go to sleep tonight in a juvenile facility. A bill to modernize and strengthen the JJDPA will make our communities safer and provide our youth with services they need to thrive. But time is running out.
Juvenile justice advocates have emphasized the need to update the JJDPA, which has not been reauthorized since 2002. A new and bipartisan version of the JJDPA would end the incarceration of status offenders, encourage the use of community-based alternatives to detention, ensure the thorough separation of young offenders from adult offenders, and improve states’ reporting of disproportionate minority contact among other changes.
The bill passed a Senate committee last December. Please contact your Senators to urge passage of the JJDPA Reauthorization (S. 1169) before the November elections.