In the last Congress, the Family Justice Act of 2010, H.R. 6361, was introduced on September 29, 2010 and referred to the House Committee on Education and Labor. We anticipate that the bill will soon be reintroduced in 2011.
The Family Justice Act will provide necessary support and funding to better engage families in the juvenile justice system. The successful rehabilitation of youth is dependent on stable family structures and sustained reintegration into the community, which is more likely to be successful when the juvenile justice system and families involved work together.
If you agree that over-incarceration and practices that exclude youth and families from decision-making do not serve our youth or help make our communities safer; if you agree that devoting more resources to effective juvenile justice programs including alternatives to detention, rehabilitative services, and family inclusion will better serve our communities; then please contact your representatives TODAY and urge them to cosponsor H.R. 6361.
Sign the petition below to urge your Representative to take positive steps towards repairing our juvenile justice system and restoring families and communities by supporting the Family Justice Act!