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.

When Congress returns for a lame duck session after the election, it is urgent that our Senators and Representatives work to avoid additional cuts to juvenile justice funding that would threaten public safety, and weaken state’s ability to protect children from the dangers of adult jails, to improve safety for youth in custody, and to increase fairness in the justice system.

Contact Congress to urge them to preserve effective federal investments in programs that prevent juvenile crime and delinquency, and protect youth in the juvenile justice system.


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    Reasons for signing

    • Isabelle Parker MEBANE, NC
      • almost 2 years ago

      Juveniles need educational reform, not harsh jail sentences.

    • John Brutza MCLEAN, VA
      • almost 2 years ago

      I was an abused child prisoner in the 1970's and never forgotten the bad treatment I recieved. It's a scar that has lasted a lifetime. Being a prisoner is bad enough, being a abused child prisoner is horrible. The american justice system stole my childhood from me.

    • Lamar Culpepper STATESVILLE, NC
      • about 2 years ago

      If the funding were to be invested in proven effective, evidence-based intervention training programs, the cost of Juvenile Justice funding would begin decreasing. The funding expenditures is always thrown down the same black hole for not allocating the resources effectively. The incarceration industry is more about the money it makes for the imprisoning of more people and not about beneficially impacting the lives of the errant.

    • Dana Cobb HUNTINGDON, TN
      • over 2 years ago

      TN has come so far and I know the reduction in funds would eliminate compliance monitoring and you will again find children locked in adult jails!

    • John Brandon INDIANAPOLIS, IN
      • over 2 years ago

      Young people grow best when surrounded by positive people and experiences. I don't think detention, no matter how well managed, fits that description.


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