Tell the Senate: Invest in Juvenile Justice
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Tell the Senate: Invest in Juvenile Justice

    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

    • Nichola Page ST. JOHNS, FL
      • 10 months ago

      As a nation we have to do better by our children. It is important to invest in the Juvenile Justice and stop treating juveniles like they are adults.

    • Hernan Carvente ASTORIA, NY
      • over 1 year ago

      I spent four years in a secure juvenile facility.

    • Cynthia Udhiri WASHINGTON, DC
      • over 1 year ago

      Preserving funding for juvenile justice funding is important to me because I believe we should make every effort to SAVE OUR CHILDREN so they don't become life-time criminals. If America is as great as it claims to be it should show this by caring for those who need it most. Our society will continue to fall apart the more we ignore our problems.

    • Joanne Barry AVERILL PARK, NY
      • over 1 year ago

      I have seen what it has done to my friend's son, being tried as an adult and now is incapable of functioning as a normal adult. Plus all the limitations on him for being incarcerated as an adult.

    • corrinne broadbridge BOCA RATON, FL
      • over 1 year ago

      My sons life was ruined becasue he was tried as an adult. The crime commited when he was just 13 Going to prison for 6 of the 8yrs he was sentenced to took away his ability to become a true adult. He was institutionalised and did not go through the normal rights of passage. At the time of the hearings everyone including the police stated he should not go to jail but to an outreach program. He needed to do intensive drug programs, life skills and work skills. Due to him being tried as an adult he has to disclose this on any job application and is not hired. He can't even rent an apartment. When it came to him having a horrific accident and getting addicted to pain meds for which he got arrested for possetion he is back in prison becasue ONCE AGAIN THEY PULLED UP HIS CONVICTION WHEN HE WAS 13 He is now 32, has a son and once again costing the public money. The medical proffession has proved that a childs brain is not equiped to rationalize situations or ramifications as an adult can, THAT BEING SAID WHY TREAT THEM AS ADULTS


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