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Tell the Senate: Pass Juvenile Justice Reform Now!

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.

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 Senate now and urge them to support the JJDPA now!

Send the letter below to urge your Senators to move the JJDPA bill now to take positive steps to fix our juvenile justice system!


Letter to
U.S. Senate
I am writing to urge you to support the reauthorization of the Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Act (JJDPA) this year.

The JJDPA has, for more than 35 years, provided direction and support for juvenile justice system improvements and significantly contributed to the reduction of juvenile crime and delinquency. The JJDPA sets out federal standards for the custody and care of youth in the juvenile justice system.

Reauthorizing the JJPDA this year will protect children from the dangers of adult jails, improve safety for youth in custody, provide funds for effective delinquency prevention programs, and increase fairness by requiring states to take steps to reduce racial and ethnic disparities in the juvenile justice system. The continuing success of effective juvenile crime prevention and deterrence depends on Congress strengthening both the provisions of the JJDPA, as well as the funding resources needed for states and localities to implement the law.

It is urgent that the JJDPA be reauthorized this year so that young people can continue to be protected by the JJDPA. Please support the JJDPA and oppose any harmful amendments that would undermine the goals of the JJDPA such as an amendment to transfer more youth to adult court.

Thank you for your consideration.

Sincerely,