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2019 Press Releases

CFYJ’s New Podcast Shares the Voices of Youth Justice

Contact: 
Campaign for Youth Justice
Aprill Turner
Phone: (202) 821-1604 

WASHINGTON (March 18, 2019) -- The Campaign for Youth Justice (CFYJ) is happy to announce our new podcast , “The Voices of Juvenile Justice”, which highlights youth who have been prosecuted or sentenced as adults in the criminal justice system.

CFYJ is a national initiative focused on ending the practice of prosecuting, sentencing, and incarcerating youth under the age of 18 in the adult criminal justice system. In order to assist in our mission of ending youth incarceration, this podcast was created to share information on a different platform. The purpose of this podcast is to share the stories of parents and previously incarcerated youth, as well as to inform listeners on how states are combating youth incarceration through reform.

This podcast will feature various guests with first-hand experience in the adult criminal justice  system, and experts in the field. The podcast will cover a range of subject matter surrounding the criminal justice system and individuals who have been affected by youth incarceration. Topics discussed include: racial disparities within the system, transfers from juvenile facilities to adult courts, lack of early intervention, the effect on parents of incarcerated youth, and solitary confinement.

National Coalition Releases Recommendations to 116th Congress for Juvenile Justice & Delinquency Prevention

Posted in 2019 Press Releases

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
February 26, 2019 

Contact:
Campaign for Youth Justice
Aprill Turner
Phone: (202) 821-1604 Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Coalition for Juvenile Justice

Naomi Smoot
Phone: (202) 467-0864 ext.113; Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

National Coalition Releases Recommendations to 116th Congress for Juvenile Justice & Delinquency Prevention

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The National Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Coalition (NJJDPC) held a Congressional briefing today to discuss the latest on federal juvenile justice reform, including what is next in the wake of the reauthorization of the Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Act (JJDPA), and other key priorities for the 116th Congress. Congressman Tony Cárdenas gave opening remarks, and Anahi Figueroas-Martinez, a member of Juveniles for Justice, a project of the Juvenile Law Center, and Shamelen Henderson, a member of the D.C. Department of Youth Rehabilitative Services Youth Council, shared their experiences with the juvenile justice system with Congressional staff.

NJJDPC also released their recommendations for the 116th Congress. “Last year showed great progress in the advancement of juvenile justice reforms. We are pleased to provide these recommendations to Congress on ways they can continue to build on the successes of last Congress,” says Rachel Marshall, Federal Policy Counsel at the Campaign for Youth Justice. The recommendations highlight six areas where Congress can take action to promote safe communities, ensure the welfare of our children, and guarantee a fair and equitable justice system, including: 1) Establishing a positive vision for juvenile justice reform; 2) ensuring developmentally appropriate responses to justice-involved youth; 3) reducing reliance on detention and incarceration and investing in communities; 4) ensuring fairness and equity for justice-involved youth; 5) ensuring safety for justice-involved youth; and 6) helping youth successfully reenter their communities.

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About NJJDPC: The National Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Coalition (NJJDPC) is a collaborative array of youth- and family- serving, social justice, law enforcement, corrections, and faith-based organizations, working to ensure healthy families, build strong communities and improve public safety by promoting fair and effective policies, practices and programs for youth involved or at risk of becoming involved in the juvenile and criminal justice systems.

President Trump Releases Fiscal Year 2020 Budget Proposal

Contact:
Campaign for Youth Justice
Aprill Turner
Phone: (202) 821-1604 

Coalition for Juvenile Justice
Naomi Smoot
Phone: (202) 467-0864 ext.113

President Trump Releases Fiscal Year 2020 Budget Proposal Budget proposal undermines reauthorization bill signed by President Trump in 2018

WASHINGTON, D.C. (March 13, 2019) –The Act 4 JJ Coalition is deeply disappointed in President Trump’s FY 2020 budget proposal. His plan includes $238.5 million for juvenile justice programs, down from the $287 million appropriated in FY 2019. This 17% decrease comes as a surprise after President Trump signed the Juvenile Justice Reform Act of 2018, which reauthorizes the Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Act (JJDPA).

According to documents provided by the Department of Justice at the annual budget rollout on March 12, 2019, the administration has requested $58 million for Title II of the JJDPA and $17 million for Title V. This is more than $100 million below what Congress authorized in December’s bill passage, which set these levels at $176 million per year for the next five years. The President’s budget proposal, dubbed “A Budget for a Better America,” notes that lower-level priority programs at the Department of Justice have been reduced or eliminated.

“Our country cannot afford to continue to view our children and youth as low-level priorities,” said Naomi Smoot, Executive Director of the Coalition for Juvenile Justice and co-chair of the Act 4 JJ Coalition. “The reauthorization signed by the President in December of last year made critical improvements to the JJDPA to ensure states can protect children and youth in the juvenile and criminal justice systems, while improving community safety. Successful implementation requires full funding as authorized by Congress.”

The JJDPA creates a critical Federal/state partnership that has worked to reduce our over-reliance on youth incarceration and resulted in lowest youth crime rates in four decades. When President Trump signed the Juvenile Justice Reform Act of 2018, it marked the first time in 16 years that this keystone federal program was reauthorized. “This proposed cut is an affront to our children and families,” said Marcy Mistrett, CEO of the Campaign for Youth Justice and co-chair for the Act 4 JJ Coalition, “and it undermines the promise made by Attorney General Barr during his confirmation process that he would ensure the effective implementation of the Juvenile Justice Reform Act of 2018.”

The cuts proposed to juvenile justice programs are part of a larger, concerning trend in the proposed budget to cut programs that support some of our nation’s most vulnerable children. The administration is seeking one of the largest-ever cuts to domestic discretionary spending and drastic cuts to mandatory spending programs, including the Children’s Health Insurance Program, the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), and Medicaid.

For more information go to www.ACT4JJ.org

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About Act 4 Juvenile Justice - Act 4 Juvenile Justice (ACT 4 JJ) is a campaign of the National Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Coalition (NJJDPC), which represents a broad network of organizations that work on youth development and juvenile justice issues. ACT 4 JJ is composed of juvenile justice, child welfare, and youth development organizations advocating for the Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Act (JJDPA) and increased federal funding for juvenile justice programs and services.

The Act 4 JJ Coalition Honors the Legacy of Senator Birch Bayh

Posted in 2019 Press Releases

Contact:
Campaign for Youth Justice
Aprill Turner
Phone: (202) 821-1604 

Coalition for Juvenile Justice
Naomi Smoot
Phone: (202) 467-0864 ext.113

The Act 4 JJ Coalition Honors the Legacy of Senator Birch Bayh 
Architect of the cornerstone juvenile justice reform legislation passes away at the age of 91

WASHINGTON, D.C (March 14, 2019). – Civil rights champion and architect of the Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Act (JJDPA), former Senator Birch Bayh of Indiana passed away today at the age of 91. While perhaps more well known for authoring Title IX, the 1964 Civil Rights Act, and two constitutional amendments, Bayh was also a long-time champion for juvenile justice reform. As Chair of the Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on Juvenile Delinquency, Bayh held a hearing in 1971 detailing the rampant abuse in the youth prison system. He that incarcerated youth were often “beaten, brutalized and subject[ed] to vicious sexual attacks.” After Senator Bayh initially introduced the JJDPA in 1972, the legislation was finally signed into law by President Gerald Ford in 1974.

“The introduction and eventual passage of the JJDPA marked the first time we had a concrete response from the Federal government to address the way states treat young people in their custody,” said Marcy Mistrett, CEO of the Campaign for Youth Justice and co-chair for the Act 4 JJ Coalition. “Thanks to Senator Bayh’s relentless advocacy, Congress took action to protect some our country’s most vulnerable children. The JJDPA has been so successful that nearly every state and U.S. territory participate in this voluntary program, and youth crime is at all all-time low.”

The Senator’s passing comes shortly after the JJDPA was finally reauthorized after a 16-year lapse. In December 2018, Congress passed a reauthorization bill that strengthened the core protections and included critical, research-based improvements that reaffirm a national commitment to the rehabilitative purpose of the juvenile justice system. States and advocates now await direction from the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention on the implementation of these important updates. “The passing of the first champion for juvenile justice reform cannot be the death of the law. We need to honor the legacy of Senator Bayh by ensuring full implementation of the reforms made by the Juvenile Justice Reform Act of 2018,” said Naomi Smoot, Executive Director of the Coalition for Juvenile Justice and co-chair of the Act 4 JJ Coalition.

The Act 4 JJ Coalition honors the life of Senator Bayh. We remain committed to carrying on the work started by the Senator and honor his legacy through continued advocacy for our nation’s young people.

For more information go to www.ACT4JJ.org

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About Act 4 Juvenile Justice - Act 4 Juvenile Justice (ACT 4 JJ) is a campaign of the National Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Coalition (NJJDPC), which represents a broad network of organizations that work on youth development and juvenile justice issues. ACT 4 JJ is composed of juvenile justice, child welfare, and youth development organizations advocating for the Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Act (JJDPA) and increased federal funding for juvenile justice programs and services.

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