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A Complete Breakdown of America’s New Juvenile Justice Law

At long last, federal law on a key juvenile justice policy has been dusted off. On December 21, the day the government shut down, President Trump signed into law the Juvenile Justice Reform Act of 2018, an update to the Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Act (JJDPA), which was passed in 1974.


Top Stories of 2018: Momentum for Justice Reform

Each day for the next two weeks, we’ll count down 10 of the biggest stories The Imprint published in 2018. In each, we’ll connect readers with a few links to our coverage of this issue.

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Administration Confirms Nearly 200 Job Cuts at Agency that Handles Juvenile Justice

The Justice Department has told Youth Services Insider that the Office of Justice Programs will reduce the Office of Justice Programs’ workforce by nearly 200 positions by October of 2019, a move that could sap staff from the already-small division focused on federal juvenile justice policy.


Juvenile Justice Division a Likely Victim in Massive Culling of Justice Department

The Trump Administration plans to cut thousands of Department of Justice positions, which may mean a 25 percent (or more) culling of the already tiny 60-person federal agency focused on juvenile justice, according to several sources at the department or with connections to the department.

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Washington Weighs an End to Locking Kids Up for Truancy

As a teenager in foster care, Zack Zibrosky was detained eight times, five for running away from the same group home where some of the other kids had a history of aggressive behavior.

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A Look Back at 2017: The Year in Youth Services

A Look Back at 2017: The Year in Youth Services It used to be easier to think back and recap a year. Now, between the tweets and the protests and the investigations and the bitmojis, one’s brain is so cloudy by late December it’s hard to make sense of it all.

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    At Year’s End, Many Youth-Related Programs and Policies On The Line

    As the calendar year ends, Congress is poised to head home after the likely passage of a massive tax reform package today. But with less than two full weeks left in 2017, a lot of programs and policies important to youth and families are in limbo.


    Trump Will Appoint Caren Harp to Lead Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention

    President Trump announced his intention to appoint former Arkansas prosecutor Caren Harp to serve as administrator of the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, the division of the Justice Department that oversees federal funding and standards related to juvenile justice.

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    Juvenile Justice Reauthorization: What’s in Both Bills

    Yesterday, Youth Services Insider broke down some of the substantive differences between the House and Senate bills to reauthorize the Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Act (JJDPA). The JJDPA has not been reauthorized since 2002, and it’s ten years overdue for an update.