CJJ Today

03
Mar

The Time is Now to Protect our Youth

By David Schmidt, Executive Board Member, Coalition for Juvenile Justice There is a growing effort to protect our most vulnerable youth. So far this year, legislation has been introduced to reauthorize grant programs that assist runaway and homeless youth. The House, meanwhile, has passed an array of bills that attempt to improve responses for youth who have fallen victim to human trafficking.
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12
Feb

SORC Releases Infographic on Status Offenses

The Status Offense Reform Center (SORC) released an informative infographic on status offenses.

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18
Dec

Three States Lead the Way for Juvenile Justice Reforms

With help from The Pew Charitable Trust’s public safety performance project, lawmakers in Georgia, Hawaii, and Kentucky have recently implemented reforms to their juvenile justice codes.

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12
Dec

Reintroduction of the Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Act Applauded

By A. L. Carlisle We applaud Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.) and Sen. Grassley (R-Iowa) for their bipartisan leadership in reintroducing the Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Act (JJDPA) on Dec. 11, 2014. Before the JJDPA was first passed, in 1974, many children who were arrested for juvenile offenses were detained or held in adult jails. All too often, boys and girls were placed in the same cells as adults, where they were subjected to both physical and sexual assaults. These young people were harassed and sometimes forgotten for hours on end. Many of them were there because they were charged with status offenses, acts which would not be illegal if committed by adults. They were detained in, and very often committed to, secure facilities for offenses such as truancy, running away from home, and other such acts.
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