Detention & Corrections Leaders Urge Support for Juvenile Justice: Call on Congress to Pass Juvenile Justice & Delinquency Prevention Act

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Today, juvenile detention and corrections leaders from around the country called on Congress to support juvenile justice reform by reauthorizing the Juvenile Justice & Delinquency Prevention Act (JJDPA). The JJDPA was scheduled for reauthorization in 2007.

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APPA is pleased to see such positive movement to reauthorize the JJDPA, which, for more than 30 years, has provided states and localities with federal standards and supports for improving juvenile justice and delinquency prevention practices and put in place safeguards for youth, families and communities

Today, the Campaign for Youth Justice is pleased to announce that juvenile detention and corrections leaders from around the country called on Congress to support juvenile justice reform by reauthorizing the Juvenile Justice & Delinquency Prevention Act (JJDPA). The JJDPA was scheduled for reauthorization in 2007.

"As professionals and advocates representing all areas of the juvenile justice system, we believe that the JJDPA has, for over three decades, ensured that our nation’s at-risk and confined youth are protected and are offered services that facilitate growth towards lives as productive citizens,” says Earl Dunlap, Executive Director of the National Partnership for Juvenile Services (JPJS) which includes the Council for Educators of At-Risk and Delinquent Youth, the Juvenile Justice Trainers Association, the National Association of Juvenile Correctional Agencies, the National Juvenile Detention Association, and the National Association of Children of Incarcerated Parents. “And, the Act has ensured community safety while helping children. NJDA believes that reauthorization of the JJDPA is essential to move juvenile justice services forward and not back."

“APPA is pleased to see such positive movement to reauthorize the JJDPA, which, for more than 30 years, has provided states and localities with federal standards and supports for improving juvenile justice and delinquency prevention practices and put in place safeguards for youth, families and communities,” says Carl Wicklund, Executive Director of the American Probation and Parole Association (APPA). "Along with other issues, reauthorizing JJDPA can mean significant improvements in how juveniles are treated while in custodial situations and would help states implement data-driven approaches to ensure fairness and reduce racial and ethnic disparities in the juvenile justice system."

According to Ned Loughran, Executive Director of the Council of Juvenile Correctional Administrators (CJCA), “CJCA is one of nearly 400 organizations nationwide supporting the reauthorization of the Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Act (JJDPA) to better support and improve state and local juvenile justice programs and practices."

To view full text of the letters to Congress, visit:

American Probation and Parole Association
http://www.act4jj.org/media/documents//document_129.pdf

Council of Juvenile Correctional Administrators
http://www.act4jj.org/media/documents//document_128.pdf

For additional information on the Juvenile Justice & Delinquency Prevention Act (JJDPA), visit: http://www.act4jj.org.

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