Reauthorization of the JJDPA

First enacted in 1974, the Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Act (JJDPA) was reauthorized in December 2018 for the first time in nearly 16 years. H.R. 6964 received broad bipartisan support. The legislation provides long awaited updates to the Act and its core protections, and reflects the new knowledge that has developed in the field. The JJDPA remains one of the most successful standard-setting statutes at the federal level and at its heart recognizes the value of citizen-driven efforts to prevent and stem delinquency. The success of the JJDPA has been supported in significant part by the national agenda-setting, research, evaluation, oversight, and technical assistance functions of OJJDP. It remains the landmark federal statute—and single most influential piece of federal legislation—providing four substantive safeguards (core protections) for youth who come into contact with the juvenile justice system. 

For a copy of the revised text of the JJDPA, click here.

CJJ's Policy Platform Supporting JJDPA Reauthorization 
JJDPA Redline
SAG Membership Checklist
SAG Memerbship Fact Sheet 
SAG Membership Redline 
Summary of H.R. 6964
Text of H.R. 6964
Webinar recording and slidesWhat's Next: H.R 6964 and the Reauthorization of JJDPA

Issue Specific Fact Sheets
Data Collection Requirements
Deinstitutionalization of Status Offenders
State Plans
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