Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Act Essay

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The Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Act (JJDPA) is the principal federal program through which the federal government sets standards for juvenile justice systems at the state and local levels. It provides direct funding for states, research, training, and technical assistance, and evaluation. The JJDPA was originally enacted in 1974 and even though the JJDPA has been revised several times over the past 30 years, its basic composition has remained the same. Since the act was passed in 1974, the JJDPA focused solitary on preventing juvenile delinquency and on rehabilitating juvenile offenders. Since the original enactment of the JJDPA in 1974, the periodic reauthorizations have been controversial, as the Act's
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Wyoming is currently the only state that doesn’t participate in the program.
We are proponent for how important and necessary it is for this act to be reauthorized. The Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Act has been due for reauthorization since 2007. Reauthorization of the JJDPA is crucial because it provides an opportunity to strengthen accountability for federal spending, help states protect public safety, hold delinquent youth accountable, protect our children from harm, and provide rehabilitation services to prevent future delinquency. The last time this law was reauthorized was in 2002, but few substantive changes were made at that then.
Act 4 Juvenile Justice (ACT4JJ) is a campaign of the National Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Coalition (NJJDPC), which represents over 80 national organizations who work on youth development and juvenile justice issues. ACT4JJ is composed of juvenile justice, child welfare and youth development organizations that are advocating for the reauthorization of the Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Act and increased federal funding for juvenile justice programs and services (ACT 4 Juvenile Justice, 2014). The JJDPA and its reauthorization legislation would like congress to hold hearings and pass a reauthorization bill that will not only, Extend the Jail Removal and Sight and Sound separation core protections to all youth under the age of 18 held pretrial, whether charged in juvenile or

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