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Federal Update March 2017

March 23, 2017

March 2017 Federal Updatephoto credit: Nick Postorino 

A Focus on the Juvenile Justice Delinquency Prevention Act (JJDPA)

Help Secure Strong Funding for the JJDPA

Please sign a letter of support urging Congress to appropriate adequate funding for youth.  Here is the google form where your organization can sign on.  Please disseminate widely.  Deadline for sign-ons: April 3rd

Action Alerts 

Look for action alerts from Act4JJ and SparkAction on Twitter Tuesdays supporting a strong budget and JJDPA.

Hearings Held in the House and Senate in February

Juvenile justice hearings were held in the Subcommittee on Early Childhood, Elementary and Secondary Education of the House Committee on Education and the Workforce on Feb. 15th and in the Senate Judiciary Committee on Feb. 28th. Congressional members from both sides of the aisle expressed strong support for passing the Juvenile Justice Delinquency and Prevention Act (JJDPA) this session. The JJDPA was passed by a strong margin in the House last session and just narrowly missed passing in the Senate. We are hopeful that bills will be introduced soon in both chambers.

NJJDPC’s Recommendations to Congress

The National Juvenile Justice Delinquency Prevention Coalition’s (NJJDPC) has prepared and posted its recommendations to Congress. These recommendations are a useful document to share with congressional members and their staff when discussing juvenile justice issues.

Senate Held Adam Walsh Act Hearings

On Thursday, March 16th, the Senate Judiciary Committee held a hearing on “Combatting Crimes Against Children”—focusing on the Adam Walsh Act.  Our national partner, Nicole Pittman, of Impact Justice, testified at the hearing.




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