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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.

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The Short and Long Game on Ending Juvenile Solitary

“We’re going to end solitary confinement of juveniles, period, end of story,” said Marc Schindler, executive director of the Justice Policy Institute, with a wry laugh. He was discussing with Youth Services Insider the new Stop Solitary for Kids campaign, led by JPI and three other groups: Center for Children’s Law and Policy (CCLP); Georgetown University’s Center for Juvenile Justice Reform (CJJR); and the Council of Juvenile Correctional Administrators (CJCA).

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Pay for Success Watch: NCCD, San Diego Foundation Announce Juvenile Reentry Venture

The National Council on Crime and Delinquency (NCCD) already has an iron in the pay-for-success (PFS) fire in San Diego where it is working with The Children’s Initiative on a plan to provide county-wide alternatives to detention.


Grassley Slams House Approps for Zeroing Out Juvenile Justice

Sen. Charles Grassley (R-Iowa) slammed the House Appropriations Committee as its Commerce, Justice and Science Subcommittee prepared to mark up a bill that zeroes out juvenile justice funding. From Grassley: “Juvenile justice intervention programs are important tools to help local communities serve and protect at-risk youth who come into contact with the criminal justice system.


House Appropriators Zero Out Juvenile Justice Appropriations

Money for the Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Act (JJDPA) would be eliminated under the spending bill published today by the the House Committee on Appropriations. The bill, which will be taken up by the Commerce, Justice and Science Subcommittee tomorrow, would essentially end for at least one year the four-decade agreement between the Justice Department and states on certain basic standards for juvenile justice systems.


What’s the Value of Federal Juvenile Justice Act? Imagine the Last 40 Years Without It

by Liz Ryan and Jill Ward Sick of hearing about the Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Act (JJDPA)? Uninspired to call your representatives in Congress to fund and reauthorize the bill?


    Make Training Police on Juvenile Justice, Youth Interaction a National Priority

    by Lisa Thurau Michael Brown’s death could have been avoided. Easily. An entire government agency, the Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS), exists to teach officers how to negotiate and resolve issues without resort to force.


    National Youth Justice Awareness Month Underway

    October is National Youth Justice Awareness Month (Y-JAM), a month-long series of events around the country organized by the D.C.-based Campaign for Youth Justice. Y-JAM got its start in 2008 with a 5K Race organized by Missouri parent Tracy McClard to bring public awareness to this issue and to educate Missouri lawmakers.


    Why Juvenile Court Was the Right Call in Steubenville Case

    by Erin Davies The Steubenville case has brought up a seemingly innumerable host of issues, ranging from sexual assault to social media to personal responsibility to the role of sports in a community.