The National Juvenile Justice Network apprises our members on federal activities that affect youth in conflict with the law, their families and their communities. NJJN's Policy Priorities and Policy Recommendations are developed in partnership and consultation with its national membership. NJJN's work both informs and is informed by its participation in the National Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Coalition.
NJJN’s current national focus includes:
- Reauthorization of the federal Juvenile Justice Delinquency and Prevention Act (JJDPA): The JJDPA provides core protections for youth in conflict with the law, and is currently up for reauthorization. NJJN is a member of the Act 4 JJ campaign; visit the campaign’s Web site to learn more about efforts to reauthorize the law.
- Gang legislation and the Youth PROMISE Act: NJJN tracks gang legislation for our members and provides information on legislation that attempts to address the issue of gangs in a more holistic manner. Click here to learn more about the Youth PROMISE Act.
- Prison Rape Elimination Act: NJJN keeps its members informed about evolving federal standards set through the Prison Rape Elimination Act.
- Adam Walsh Child Protection and Safety Act: The Adam Walsh Act sets standards for states on the tracking of sex offenders through sex offender registries. NJJN works with our members and partners to ensure the Act is applied fairly and appropriately to youth.
- Elementary and Secondary Education Act (a.k.a. “No Child Left Behind”): NJJN works with the Dignity in Schools Campaign to support efforts to stem the school-to-prison pipeline and develop effective and appropriate school discipline policies.
- Federal appropriations: NJJN educates our members on federal appropriations as they apply to youth in conflict with the law.
- Leadership of the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP): NJJN tracks efforts to secure effective and reform-minded leadership at OJJDP.
- Presidential priorities: NJJN keeps our members informed of collaborative efforts to influence the president’s priorities and budget recommendations regarding youth in conflict with the law.
NJJN’s policy analysis and education activities are generously supported by its state members, national partners and other unrestricted sources of revenue.