Juvenile Justice Reauthorization Again On Brink of Passage, or Collapse
A final push to reauthorize the Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Act (JJDPA) before the midterm elections has passed through the House of Representatives and has now moved to the Senate for an attempt at unanimous consent this week.
OJJDP’s Pass on Racial Disparities Met with Sounds of Silence
Since 2013, the Justice Department has not enforced a requirement that states study, and attempt to address, racial disparities in their juvenile justice systems. The department has been issuing states a “pass” on the disproportionate minority contact (DMC) requirement of the Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Act, the central piece of federal policy on juvenile justice.
Federal Juvenile Justice Law Deserves Protecting
by Jill Ward “It is therefore the further declared policy of Congress to provide the necessary resources, leadership, and coordination (1) to develop and implement effective methods of preventing and reducing juvenile delinquency; (2) to develop and conduct effective programs to prevent delinquency, to divert juveniles from the traditional juvenile justice system and to provide critically needed alternatives to institutionalization; (3) to improve the quality of juvenile justice in the United States; and (4) to increase the capacity of State and local governments and public and private agencies to conduct effective juvenile justice and delinquency prevention and rehabilitation programs and to provide research, evaluation, and training services in the field of juvenile delinquency prevention.”