May 14, 2015

ACTION ALERT: Tell Congress Not to Defund Juvenile Justice Programs

A House Appropriations Subcommittee Proposal has just been raised to defund federal juvenile justice programs through zeroing out Title II of the Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Act (JJDPA). This would have a tremendous impact on the states’ ability to carry out vital activities and services in their juvenile justice systems, including among others, protecting youth against incarceration with adult inmates and efforts to eliminate racial and ethnic disparities in the juvenile justice system.

The Committee is scheduled to consider this bill tomorrow morning, Thursday, May 14.

If passed, this would mean:
No federal dollars for prevention programs
No resources for evidence-based interventions for at-risk youth
No core protections for kids in the system
Please take action by calling your Representative!

Sample Call:

I am calling today to convey to my representative the urgent request that Congress approves federal spending for critical juvenile justice funding. This is necessary in order for state programs to be able to keep families and communities safer, help young people get themselves back on track, and save money in the long run.

Help us protect critical juvenile justice funding requesting funding for juvenile justice that ensures, at a minimum, the amounts recommended by the Administration for Fiscal Year 2016.

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