Tell congress to pass the Youth PROMISE Act!
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Did you know that youth housed in adult jails are 36 times more likely to commit suicide than are youth housed in juvenile detention facilities? Or that the cost to care for incarcerated youth is more than would be required to fund programs that would help to prevent delinquent behavior?
Congress, we need you to pass the Youth PROMISE Act. This act would require an amendment to the Juvenile Justice & Delinquency Prevention Act of 1974. Yes, that is right, 1974. Establishing the Youth PROMISE within the JJDPA would allocate funding to states to provide youth with programs to decrease delinquent behavior and gang activity. Our youth are our future. Stowing them away to be corrected in facilities that are both privatized and rampant with racial disparity is not a commitment to our youth. The recidivism rate for minority youth is 70%. We can do better as a country and prevent our children from entering both the juvenile justice system and adult criminal incarceration. Does a journey to mass incarceration sound like a good conclusion to this tragedy? If you do not agree, side with me, as congress to pass the Youth PROMISE Act!
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