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Federal Update - October 2022

November 3, 2022
Melissa C. Goemann




Youth Leaders on Capitol Hill 

In the closing week of YJAM, NJJN Young Justice Leaders presented their vision for youth justice at the October 26th meeting of the Coordinating Council on Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, an independent executive branch organization that coordinates federal programs to better serve at-risk youth. The next day, NJJN’s Young Justice Leaders joined the Emerging Leaders from the Coalition for Juvenile Justice to present a policy platform consisting of recommendations to transform the youth justice to the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP) Administrator Liz Ryan. 

President Biden Declares October as National Youth Justice Action Month 

On September 30th, President Biden issued a proclamation declaring October as National Youth Justice Action Month (YJAM). President Biden stated in the proclamation that “Every child in America deserves a fair shot through good schools, safe communities, and equal opportunities. . . I stand with youth justice advocates in urging States and communities across the country to do more to help every child realize their full promise.” He also urged Americans to observe the month by taking actions to support youth and participating in activities and programs in their communities. 

U.S. House YJAM Resolution 

Congressman Tony Cárdenas (D-CA), Congresswoman Victoria Spartz (R-IN) and Congressman David Trone (D-MD) introduced a bipartisan resolution designating October 2022 as National Youth Justice Action Month (YJAM). It stated that “The resolution shines light on the collateral consequences youth face when they are treated as adults in the criminal justice system, and encourages the Department of Justice’s Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention to prioritize rehabilitation and support over wasteful incarceration.” NJJN, together with many of our member organizations and national partners, endorsed the resolution. 

National Sign-on Letters and Comments 

Please see below for a list of the national letters that NJJN has signed since our last newsletter and see the federal policy page of our website for a complete list: 

  • 10/11/22 - Signed onto letter to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development urging them to make needed reforms to their existing admissions and screening policies and remove barriers to federally-assisted housing for people impacted by the criminal-legal system. 

  • 10/11/22 - NJJN endorsed bipartisan resolution introduced by Congressman Tony Cárdenas (D-CA), Congresswoman Victoria Spartz (R-IN) and Congressman David Trone (D-MD) designating October 2022 as National Youth Justice Action Month.

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