Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Act


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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Juvenile Justice Advocates Try Valentine Candygrams to Push Reauthorization

Advocates for reauthorization of the Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Act (JJDPA) took to the halls of House and Senate office buildings to hand-deliver Valentine’s Day gifts with a political message.

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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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Report: OJJDP Gave States “Pass” on Racial Disparities Work for Years

The Justice Department’s Inspector General reported this week that the agency’s juvenile justice division was willfully ignoring compliance standards on disproportionate minority contact (DMC), failing to penalize states that were not doing enough to identify and assess racial disparities in their juvenile justice systems.


Q&A with Sen. Chuck Grassley, Long-time Champion for Kids

Among Congress’ noted champions for disadvantaged and at-risk youth, there isn’t a member with more power than Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa), the current co-chair of the Senate Caucus on Foster Youth.


How Status Offenses Shape a Youth’s Path Through the Justice System

A new report released by the Vera Institute of Justice reveals the detrimental consequences of status offenses on youth on probation. In Just Kids: When Misbehaving is a Crime, Mahsa Jafarian and Vidhya Ananthakrishnan describe how status offenses unfairly criminalize young people and increase the likelihood of youth partaking in more serious criminal activity.

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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.

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    Juvenile Justice Reauthorization: House Bill vs. Senate Bill

    As we reported last week, a bill to reauthorize the Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Act passed the Senate. If the Senate and House can work out differences in the bill through a conference committee, and President Trump signs the bill, JJDPA will get its first update since 2002.


    The OJJDP Should Strengthen JJDPA’s Rules on Racial and Ethnic Disparities in the Youth Justice System

    We are living at a time when race is central to the national dialogue about justice and the need to transform our broken justice system is an increasing part of the public consciousness.