Make Juvenile Justice a Priority: Appoint an OJJDP Administrator
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Make Juvenile Justice a Priority: Appoint an OJJDP Administrator

    1. Petition by

      Campaign for Youth Justice

The Obama Administration is the first Administration since the Office of Juvenile Justice & Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP) was created in 1974 not to have appointed a permanent OJJDP Administrator.  The Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention is the federal agency responsible for juvenile justice and delinquency prevention issues, and is tasked with assisting State and local governments in addressing juvenile delinquency. 

Over the past decade, OJJDP suffered a drastic depletion of funding and support, and the agency’s commitment to the most important issues confronting youth has diminished.  It is crucial that the Administration provide leadership, clear direction and resources to assist States create and sustain juvenile justice systems that cost less, enhance public safety and treat court-involved youth appropriately. 

If you believe that it is urgent to stop putting youth in adult jails and prisons, to end the over-incarceration of youth of color in the justice system, and instead to devote more resources to effective juvenile justice programs such as alternatives to detention and incarceration, contact your Senators to urge them to ask the White House to make juvenile justice a priority by appointing an OJJDP Administrator now!

Send the letter below to urge your Senators to call the White House now!

Recent signatures


    1. Reached 250 signatures


    Reasons for signing

    • Dorian Larson EVERETT, WA
      • over 1 year ago

      I'm the parent of a child who should not be incarcerated. The Juvenile Justice system is broken, doesn't work and they even have lied about the rehabilitation services they provide. Shocked and outraged that our country allows human beings be treated in such a way. The truth about the Juvenile Rehabilitation Administration in my State of Washington is being covered up. Children are being abused at the hands of American Government.

    • sarah martin CROFTON, MD
      • over 1 year ago

      Leadership for the issue of Juvenile detainment is an issue

    • Malisa Pearson LANSING, MI
      • almost 2 years ago

      Juveniles with mental health needs end up in prison and juvenile facilities far too often. A full time administrator can ensure someone is looking out for some of our most vulnerable. As a parent of a young man with mental health and developmental disabilities, I expect my country to prioritize its citizens with disabilities. Please appoint a permanent OJJDP Administrator!

    • Linda Weekes SACRAMENTO, CA
      • over 2 years ago

      It is time and it is past time. Many of our babies are in harms way in the Juvenile Justice System. As responsible adults we should not continue to turn a blind eye to what is going with our children. If we do not do something now we can expect many of these children to end up in the prison system for sure. We have an African American President and many of the children/victums look like him! What better reason should exist than that. It is not by accident that it is not happening to WHITE America, thanks to the long list of White Presidents!

    • Virginia Arreola PHELAN, CA
      • about 3 years ago

      We need to have the programs funded thatbare important to keep our communities safe and the ones for OJJDP are very important to stop gang violence.


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