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Connecticut may raise the juvenile arrest age from 7 to 10.


Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Act Reauthorized, Heads to Trump’s Desk

For the first time since 2002, the law governing national juvenile justice standards has been reauthorized by Congress. The bill will now head to President Trump’s desk, possibly ending a long string of disappointments for juvenile justice advocates who tried in vain to update the law during the administration of Barack Obama.

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Juvenile Justice Reauthorization Could Happen as Early as Tomorrow

A bill that would finally update the Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Act (JJDPA), after more than 15 years, appears headed for passage as early as Tuesday. UPDATE: The bill has passed the Senate, and now heads to the House of Representatives for approval.

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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.


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 Passes Senate, Sets Up Conference Committee

NOTE: This article was updated on August 2 to reflect that a phase-out of the valid court order exception was stripped from the Senate bill. Text of the legislation shared with Youth Services Insider by bill leaders included the phase-out; it was removed by amendment on the floor. 

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Connecticut may raise the juvenile arrest age from 7 to 10.


Juvenile Justice Reauthorization Back in The House

A bill to reauthorize the Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Act (JJDPA) was introduced in the House today, a chamber in which a similar bill passed easily in the last Congress.

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    Lessons for Advocates from Youth First Poll on Juvenile Justice

    Last week, we mentioned a new poll on Americans’ attitudes about juvenile justice, released by the Youth First Initiative as part of its official grand opening of sorts. We called it a “great resource for reform-minded juvenile justice advocates,” and that is true.

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    Thoughts on New JJPDA Reauthorization Bill

    As we reported last week, the Senate has again introduced legislation to reauthorize the Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Act, which has not been re-upped since 2002 despite several attempts by the Senate Judiciary Committee to get it done.


    Bipartisan Juvenile Justice Bill Would Phase Out Valid Court Order, Demand Data on Isolation

    A bipartisan bill to reauthorize federal juvenile justice policy and funding would phase out an exception permitting the detention of status offenders, and require states to report more information each year to the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention.