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Federal Legislation

JJDPA (Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Act)

The Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Act is the principal federal program through which the federal government sets standards for juvenile justice systems at the state and local levels, providing direct funding for states, research, training, and technical assistance, and evaluation.  

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What is PREA (Prison Rape Elimination Act)?

The Prison Rape Elimination Act (PREA) is a federal statute focused on sexual assault and victimization in juvenile facilities, prisons, jail, lockups, and other detention facilities. The goal of PREA is to prevent, detect, and respond to sexual abuse in detention and correctional facilities.

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Other Legislation

  • Coalition Letter on Military Equipment (House): The U.S. Department of Defense’s 1033 program is the largest and most prominent federal program providing police departments with military equipment.  This sign-on letter urges House leadership to call for a moratorium on the program until Congress holds hearings to provide the public with important assurances and to consider various legislative proposals regarding the program.
  • Coalition Letter on Military Equipment (Senate): The U.S. Department of Defense’s 1033 program is the largest and most prominent federal program providing police departments with military equipment.  This sign-on letter urges Senate leadership to call for a moratorium on the program until Congress holds hearings to provide the public with important assurances and to consider various legislative proposals regarding the program.
  • Sign-on letter to Members of Congress urging opposition to HR 3697: This sign-on letter, signed by 350 immigrant, civil rights, human rights, faith-based, and anti-poverty organizations, urges members of Congress to vote no on H.R. 3697, Criminal Alien Gang Member Removal Act. H.R. 3697 creates a new sweeping definition of the term “criminal gang” and could target those who never committed or support a single criminal act for deportation.
  • The Campaign for Youth Justice joined more than 320 child and youth advocacy organizations in a letter to Congress expressing our support for the bipartisan Dream Act of 2017. The bill would provide lawful status and a path to citizenship for hundreds of thousands of immigrant youth and young adults who came to the United States as children, including recipients of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. The letter urges Congress to take immediate action to pass a clean Dream Act following President Trump’s decision to terminate DACA. As a result, more than 800,000 Dreamers who have been able to access work authorization and protection from deportation are once again facing an uncertain future.
  • The Campaign for Youth Justice joined more than 500 national, state, and local organizations to request that Congress ensure that the DREAM Act protects DREAMers with expunged convictions and to request that the DREAM Act adopt more progressive criteria for applicants with misdemeanors.