Tell Congress: Invest in Juvenile Justice Funding
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Tell Congress: Invest in Juvenile Justice Funding

    1. Petition by

      Campaign for Youth Justice

More than $7 million in additional cuts to juvenile justice funding will happen in January 2013 under the sequestration terms of the debt ceiling agreement passed last summer, if Congress can’t approve a deficit reduction plan by the end of the year.

Juvenile justice programs strengthen the nation's juvenile justice system, and support prevention and early intervention programs that make a critical difference for young people and their communities, and contribute to the prevention and reduction of youth crime and violence.

These programs enable states and communities to improve the juvenile justice system so that it provides critical treatment and rehabilitative services, in safe conditions, that are tailored to the needs of juveniles and their families; protects public safety; and, holds youthful offenders accountable. This reduction will gut proven state and community juvenile justice intervention programs that localities have used to keep youth and families safe, and keep juvenile crime rates down.

As Congress considers approving a Continuing Resolution and the Federal Budget for Fiscal Year 2013, it is urgent that juvenile justice funding is restored to increase public safety, and ensure the protection of children from the dangers of adult jails, improve safety for youth in custody, and increase fairness in the justice system.

Contact Congress to urge them to support investing in effective juvenile crime prevention programs and protect youth in the juvenile justice system.

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    Reasons for signing

    • Susan West NORFOLK, VA
      • about 2 years ago

      Rehab & education is crucial to juveniles. Locking them up damages them to the degree that sometimes they BECOME the criminal the courts said they were to begin w/ when in actuality, they were a kid w/ an immature mind prone to mistakes.

      • about 2 years ago

      Change will bring hope in a better tomorrow. We need to start with our own chihldren here in the USA

    • Jesseca Ancelo PLUMSTED TOWNSHIP, NJ
      • about 2 years ago

      My nephew was incarcerated at 15 yrs old and sent to a maximum security prison to serve a 77yr sentence. The state of Virginia offers NO PAROLE if you were sentenced post 1996, he's essentially serving a life sentence. The choices and decesions we make as minors are not as crediable as the choices we make as adults. He is not the same 15 yr old misdirected child he was then and should be able to have a chance at a life.

    • Marina Bell Hawken SAN FRANCISCO, CA
      • about 2 years ago

      I work with inmates at San Quentin State Prison on a regular basis and see the impact of the egregious problems with the justice system on their lives, and our society at large. Programs that support early intervention are sorely needed.

    • Alice Walker NEWBERRY, MI
      • about 2 years ago

      Last year we were reciepents of a Juvenile Justice Grant which help provide for a counselor to work with our at risk youth in our school. At present this position was cut due to lack of funds. We were suppose to have funding for this position for three years and only received funding for one year. I feel that with all of the cuts in education we are going to see more and more children falling through the cracks.


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