Tell the House: Pass Juvenile Justice Reform Now!
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Tell the House: Pass Juvenile Justice Reform Now!

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      Campaign for Youth Justice

The Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Act (JJDPA), was first enacted in 1974 and provides federal funding to states that comply with a set of best practices aimed at avoiding the detention and incarceration of young people in juvenile and adult facilities.  However, this law is three years overdue for reauthorization and the U.S. House of Representatives has yet to introduce or act on new reauthorization legislation!

It's a good law, and is needed now more than ever to end the over-incarceration of young people of color in the justice system and stop the inappropriate use of adult jails for warehousing children charged as adults. 

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 the House now and urge them to introduce and move a bill on the House floor this year!

Send the letter below to urge your Representative to move the JJDPA this year to take positive steps to fix our juvenile justice system!

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      My daughter is barely 16 years old, suffers with untreated addiction and mental health issues. We have been told repeatedly that she needs in house helpfor these issues but there is not enough resources for her to get the help thaty she desperatly needs. For now, all we have is YDC. Some of her actions warrant this consequence, but what can be done to help her with her ILLNESS???WE are told that once she ages out of the system, then she will have more resources available to her. So what do we do>? Wait and hope she survives to get the help???

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