We applaud the efforts of Chairman Leahy, Senators Kohl, Specter, Durbin, and the entire Judiciary Committee and look forward to working with other members of Congress in the coming weeks to pass strong legislation to protect our youth and support our juvenile justice system
Washington, D.C. (Vocus) December 18, 2009
Today, the Campaign for Youth Justice (CFYJ) is pleased to announce the passage of S. 678, the Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Reauthorization Act of 2009 (JJDPA), in the Senate Judiciary Committee. This 35-year old bill will improve both public safety and the lives of youth involved in the juvenile justice system by increasing federal funding to states and localities, as well as improving juvenile justice and delinquency prevention practices.
“We applaud the efforts of Chairman Leahy, Senators Kohl, Specter, Durbin, and the entire Judiciary Committee and look forward to working with other members of Congress in the coming weeks to pass strong legislation to protect our youth and support our juvenile justice system,” said CFYJ President and CEO Liz Ryan.
Established in 1974 and most recently authorized in 2002 with bipartisan support, the JJDPA is based on a broad consensus that children, youth, and families involved with the juvenile and criminal courts should be guarded by federal standards for care and custody, while also upholding the interests of community safety and the prevention of victimization. The JJDPA includes four core requirements: keeping status offenders (e.g. youth who run away or are truant) out of secure facilities, keeping youth out of adult facilities (with limited exceptions), separating those youth who are in adult facilities (under the limited exceptions) from adult offenders by both “sight” and “sound,” and addressing the disproportionate contact that minority youth have with the justice system.
The Campaign for Youth Justice (CFYJ) is a national organization dedicated to ending the practice of trying, sentencing and incarcerating youth under the age of 18 in the adult criminal justice system.
For more information, visit http://www.campaignforyouthjustice.org or e-mail Eric Solomon at esolomon(at)cfyj(dot)org.
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