Position statements of the National Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Coalition
To make legislative and administrative proposals truly actionable, it is essential to resource them and to reverse recent federal divestment in youth violence prevention, delinquency prevention and juvenile justice. We ask that the Congress fully fund the federal programs that support critical state and local strategies. Specifically, we propose the following activities:
Invest at least $80 million in the JJDPA Title II State Formula Grant Program and $65 million in JJDPA Title V Delinquency Prevention Program as core support for these critical state and local programs. JJDPA funds are used effectively for the following purposes among others: “Gun Programs” to reduce unlawful acquisition and illegal use of guns by juveniles; “School Programs,” such as those designed to enhance school climate and safety; and community action planning to put in place continuums of services for high risk youth and families, and to support prevention violence and delinquency.
Fund effective implementation of the mental health and criminal justice collaboration grant.2 This law, administered by the Department of Justice, authorizes grants to assist with diversion, treatment, and transition services for youth and adults with mental illness who come in contact with law enforcement.
NJJDPC Statement Against Family Detention
NJJDPC Statement on Recent DOJ Actions 7.09.18
Press Release re NJJDPC Statement on Family Detention
Statement Regarding Federal School Safety Commission Report
Letters of Support
S1169 (Act4jj Coalition)
Letter of support thanking Chairman Grassley and Senator Whitehouse for their leadership
Letter asking to grant floor time for a vote on S.1169
Letter to the Commerce, Justice & Science Appropriations Subcommittee
Vision for Youth Justice in 2020
Ahead of the 2020 election, the National Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Coalition has created a roadmap for transforming our justice system in a way that increases public safety, achieves better outcomes for our children and families, and brings us closer to a legal system that is just and fair for all. The platform embraces policies and laws that will:
1. Reduce youth incarceration;
2. Remove youth from adult courts, jails, and prisons;
3. Invest in youth in their communities;
4. Center Federal youth justice policy on directly-impacted youth and their families;
5. Ensure fairness and equity for justice-involved youth;
6. Improve conditions of confinement for incarcerated youth;
7. Support youths’ successful re-entry from the justice system; and
8. Establish Youth Justice Action Month
View the Vision for 2020 Platform here.