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November 23, 2020 – Signed onto letter of the Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights urging Members of Congress to co-sponsor the Counseling Not Criminalization in Schools Act (S. 4360).

November 6, 2020 – Signed onto letter urging Congress to quickly pass what is referred to as the “deposits fix,” allowing receipts from federal deferred and non-prosecution agreements to flow into the Crime Victims Fund to prevent devastating cuts to federal funding for victim service programs through the Victims of Crime Act (VOCA).

September 16, 2020 – Signed unto letter from the Vera Institute of Justice to Rep. Pressley and Sen. Warren supporting the bill they introduced, COVID-19 in Corrections Data Transparency Act (H.R. 7983/S. 4536), requiring the collection and reporting of key data on the spread and effect of coronavirus within all of the nation’s correctional facilities.

September 10, 2020 – Signed onto Unlock the Box letter to the CDC urging them to issue clear guidance on reducing inmate population and reducing the spread of COVID-19 in facilities. Sept. 8, 2020 – Signed onto CLASP letter to Congress urging that immigrants and their families be included in the next COVID-19 legislative relief package.

September 8, 2020 – Signed onto CLASP letter to Congress urging that immigrants and their families be included in the next COVID-19 legislative relief package.

September 3, 2020 – Signed onto open letter to Senate leadership urging them to include prison phone justice in the next stimulus package. The COVID-19 Compassion and Martha Wright Prison Phone Justice Act, which passed as part of the HEROES Act (H.R. 6800), and its bipartisan Senate analog, Martha Wright Reed Just and Reasonable Communications Act (S. 1764), would: (1) establish the FCC's authority to regulate all prison and jail calls, (2) set interim rate caps to $0.04/min for prepaid calls and $0.05/min for collect calls, and (3) prohibit site commissions. 

August 13, 2020 – Signed onto a letter by the Legal Action Center to Congressional leadership asking that they include the Medicaid Reentry Act in the next legislative COVID-19 package. If passed, the Medicaid Reentry Act (included in the HEROES Act) would allow Medicaid to provide health care in the last 30 days of incarceration to improve outcomes for individuals returning to the community.

 August 13, 2020 – Signed onto a letter led by the Leadership Conference for Civil & Human Rights (LCCHR) to Congressional leadership urging for a vote on the Marijuana Opportunity Reinvestment & Expungement (MORE) Act in September. The MORE Act would remove marijuana from the list of Schedule 1 drugs under the Controlled Substances Act, thus decriminalizing the substance at the federal level and enabling states to set their own policy. 

August 10, 2020 – Signed on to a joint report by the Thurgood Marshall Civil Rights Center of Howard University and the Criminal Justice Policy Program of Harvard Law School on COVID-19 recommendations. The report, entitled “The Contradiction of Colorblind COVID-19 Relief: Black America in the Age of Pandemic,” asks Congress to ensure COVID-19 relief sufficiently addresses the harms being done to the Black community.

July 29, 2020 – Signed on to endorse the Counseling Not Criminalization in Schools Act which prohibits federal funding of school-based law enforcement and provides funding for positive supports instead. Senators Murphy (D-CT) and Warren (D-MA) introduced the bill in the Senate and Representatives Omar (D-MN) and Pressley (D-MA) introduced the bill in the House.

July 28, 2020 – Signed on to endorse the FAMILIES Act, which would create a Parenting Sentencing Alternative (PSA) for parents and caregivers. Under the FAMILIES Act, federal judges would be able to divert parents and caregivers from incarceration into a comprehensive program that would better serve them, their families, and society by offering resources, services, and training that would meet their unique needs.

July 27, 2020 – Signed onto a letter organized by The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, that asks Congress to honor the life of John Lewis by passing the Voting Rights Advancement Act and the election provisions of the HEROES Act.

July 8, 2020 – Signed onto a letter to Chairwoman Maloney, Chairwoman Lowey, and Ranking Members Comer and Granger, organized by Civil Rights Corps, The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, and other partner organizations. The letter expresses opposition to Operation Relentless Pursuit (ORP), a program that encourages the criminalization and over-policing of Black and Brown communities. The letter also urges Congress to evaluate the efficacy and racially inequitable effects of ORP.

June 12, 2020 – Joined other organizations in signing onto the Civil Rights Principles for Safe, Healthy, and Inclusive School Climates, led by The Leadership Conference Education Fund, to be shared with Members of Congress to ensure Black children and all children are treated fairly in the nation’s schools. 

June 8, 2020 – Signed onto a letter organized by Act4JJ opposing the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention’s (OJJDP) guidance that asserted keeping young people in detention was a safer alternative to release during Covid-19. The letter asks Sen. McConnell, Sen. Schumer, Rep. Pelosi, and Rep. McCarthy to hold oversight hearings to address OJJDP’s inaction. 

June 3, 2020 – Signed onto a letter organized by The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights to Attorney General Barr requesting the DOJ open a federal civil rights investigation into Breonna Taylor’s death, participate in an investigation into the Louisville Metropolitan Police Department for its potential systemic constitutional violations, and for the DOJ to take action to investigate unconstitutional policing nationwide. 

June 3, 2020 – Signed onto a letter organized by The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights to Attorney General Barr requesting the DOJ be transparent about its findings from the FBI’s criminal investigation into George Floyd’s death, participate in an investigation of the Minneapolis Police Department, and take action to investigate unconstitutional policing nationwide.  

June 2, 2020 – Signed onto the Council of State Governments Justice Center letter to Congressional leadership asking for inclusion of funding for supplemental prisoner re-entry programs in the next COVID-19 relief package.  

May 15, 2020 - NJJN signed onto comment drafted by Citizens for Juvenile Justice (CFJJ) directed to the Small Business Administration (“SBA”) regarding their interim final rule (the “Rule”) implementing the Paycheck Protection Program (“PPP”) authorized in the CARES act (Public Law 116-136). See 85 Fed. Reg. 20811. The comment asks the SBA to rectify their improper denial of access to the PPP based on a loan applicant’s involvement with the criminal legal system. April 20, 2020 - Sign-on letter (coming soon) organized by the Center for Law and Social Policy (CLASP) urging Congress to include immigrant families and children in the next COVID-19 relief package to ensure that millions of children in mixed-status immigrant families are able to benefit from critical health and economic assistance.

February 20, 2020 - NJJN signed onto the list of organizations supporting the Disability Integration Act. It is intended to ensure that people with disabilities can live in the community rather than be forced into nursing facilities and other institutions. 

February 18, 2020 -  Sign on letter to congressional appropriations leaders requesting $105 million in funding for the Reintegration of Ex-Offenders (RExO) program in the FY21 Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies appropriations bill. RExO provides reentry and workforce development services to individuals (including young people) with criminal records.

February 18, 2020 -  Act4JJ sign on letter to the leaders of the Subcommittees on Commerce, Justice, Science and Related Agencies asking for strong funding for juvenile justice and delinquency prevention programs for FY21 to ensure that implementation of the updated JJDPA is successful.  

February 18, 2020 -  Sign on letter to the leaders of the House and Senate Subcommittees on Commerce, Justice, Science and Related Agencies thanking them for continued funding and funding increases for innocence and forensic science programs in the FY20 appropriations bill and asking for strong funding in FY21.

January 27, 2020 - Sign on letter initiated by the Drug Policy Alliance to the House calling for a bar on mandatory minimums, and a study analyzing the public health and public safety impacts of the temporary extension.

January 15, 2020 - Stakeholder sign-on letter initiated by National Criminal Justice Association to Attorney General Barr asking for strong funding for the Byrne Justice Assistance Grant (Byrne JAG) in the FY21 budget. 

January 14, 2020 - Sign on letter to Judiciary Committee Chair Jerry Nadler requesting a mark-up for H.R. 5053, the Justice for Juveniles Act. The Justice for Juveniles Act would exempt youth from the onerous requirements of the Prison Litigation Reform Act (PLRA) and ensure youth can access justice when they suffer harm. 

January 8, 2020 - Stakeholder sign-on thank you letter initiated by National Criminal Justice Association thanking congressional appropriations leaders for the strong funding for the Byrne Justice Assistance Grant (Byrne JAG) program included in the FY20 Commerce, Justice, Science and Related Agencies bill. 


Oct. 3, 2019 – Signed onto “Youth Mandate for Presidential Candidates: Permanently Dismantle the School-to-Prison-and-Deportation Pipeline.” This platform was created by a coalition of local and national youth organizations from the CPD/A network, the Alliance for Educational Justice (AEJ) and others. 

Sept. 26, 2019 – the NJJDPC Steering Committee, of which NJJN is a participant, issued a Written Statement for the House Committee on Homeland Security, Subcommittee on Emergency Preparedness, Response, & Recovery’s hearing on “Engaging the Community: Perspectives on School Security.” 

June 19, 2019 – 
National sign-on letter organized by Act4JJ to House Members asking them to vote “YES” on Amendments to Increase Juvenile Justice Funding in H.R. 3055, Commerce, Justice, Science, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2020.

June 3, 2019 -  
National sign-on letter to House Members asking them to vote “YES” on Amendment X and Amendment Y to H.R. 6 (the Dream and Promise Act of 2019) to remove discretionary bars to relief based on juvenile adjudications and alleged gang affiliation.

May 21, 2019 – National sign-on letter to Chairman Nadler and Majority Members of the House Judiciary Committee expressing concerns with H.R. 2820, the Dream Act of 2019. The letter asks the members to oppose the bill unless the discretionary bars based on juvenile adjudications or alleged or actual gang affiliation are removed.

May 3, 2019 - National sign-on letter co-written by NJJN and CFYJ in support of Masonique Saunders, a 17-year-old girl in Columbus, Ohio who was charged with felony murder and aggravated robbery after an undercover police officer shot and killed her boyfriend, Julius Tate Jr.

May 2, 2019 – endorsed juvenile sentencing reform bill package introduced by Rep. Westerman (R-AR): HR 1949 - addresses the use of mandatory minimum sentences on all children in the justice system; HR 1950 – (“Sara’s Law”) provides that judges do not have to give youth mandatory minimum sentence when it involves an offense against someone who trafficked or sexually abused them; and HR 1951 – eliminates life without parole sentences for youth in the federal system.

April 23, 2019 – NJJN sent a comment to the U.S. Office of Personnel Management’s (OPM) regarding the proposed changes to Optional Form 306. We objected to the change under consideration which would require job applicants for federal jobs and federal contract employment to disclose their past completion of a diversion program.

April 12, 2019 – Organizational sign-on letter initiated by the National Criminal Justice Association (NCJA) urging congressional appropriation leaders to provide strong funding ($520 million) for the Byrne JAG program in the Fiscal Year 2020 CJS appropriations bill. 

April 4, 2019 – Organizational sign-on letter in support of the Homeless Children and Youth Act from National Network for Youth. This is a bipartisan bill that increases homelessness assistance for children, youth and families.

April, 2019 (Final to Come) - Sign on letter from the Collier Collective and NCJA urging Congress to lift the FY20 budget caps and to increase funding for the Commerce, Justice, Science and Related Agencies (CJS) appropriations bill.  Recent years have resulted in drastic funding cuts which lessens the federal government’s role in utilizing evidence-based approaches and advancing justice system reform. Thank you so much. 

March 20, 2019 (final to come) – Organizational sign on letter to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo urging him to invite the UN Special Rapporteur on Racism Professor E. TendayiAchiume to visit the U.S. and conduct a fact-finding mission. 

March 2019 (final to come) - Sign-on letter from Act4JJ to Chairmen Moran and Serrano and Ranking Members Shaheen and Aderholt urging them to fully fund juvenile justice and delinquency programs. Federal funding is critical in fully implementing the requirements of the new Juvenile Justice Reform Act.  

3/5/19 Invest in What Works Coalition letter from Results for America that urges congress to fund programs that are evidence based and result driven.

2/7/19  Sign-on Letter from the National Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Coalition encouraging congress to vote “yes” on H.R. 494, the Tiffany Joslyn Juvenile Accountability Block Grant Program Reauthorization Act of 2019, that provides funding for positive youth development and violence diversion services.

2/6/2019 (final to come) Sign-on letter from Act4JJ urging the chairs and ranking members of the appropriations committees to full fund the Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Act (JJDPA).

January, 2019 (final to come) NDD United sign on letter demanding that cuts not be made to non-defense discretionary (NDD) programs through the 2011 Budget Control Act (BCA).  The letter urges Congress to take immediate steps to negotiate a new budget agreement that averts BCA cuts.

1/14/19  Sign-on Letter from the National Juvenile Justice and Deliquency Prevention Coalition opposing the nomination of William Barr as Attorney General of the United States due to his troubling record on a number of civil rights issues, including juvenile justice.


12/18/18 - The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights organizational sign-on letter, “Serious Concerns About the Nomination of William Barr to Be Attorney General of the United States,” raising concerns about Barr’s nomination due to his troubling positions on criminal justice reform, LGBTQ equality, immigrant rights, and reproductive freedom.

12/10/18 -  Stakeholder sign-on letter asking Congress to finalize the FY19 Commerce, Justice, Science, and Related Agencies (CJS) appropriations bill which includes grant programs in the DOJ Office of Justice Programs (OJP) such as funding for juvenile justice.

12/3/18 – Justice Roundtable organizational sign-on letter in support of the First Step Act while outlining some continued concerns with the bill, such as the use of risk assessment instruments and electronic monitoring.

11/29/18 – Organizational sign-on letter from the Coalition on Human Needs endorsing their SAVE for all Campaign principles to protect funding for critical services, guard against threats to healthcare, and ensure that there is a voice on Capitol Hill for low-income and vulnerable people.

11/2/18 – Organizational sign-on letter calling on Democratic leadership in the House and Senate to pass a clean continuing resolution for the Dept. of Homeland Security which does not provide funds for a border wall or extra enforcement funds for ICE and CBP.

10/10/18 – Organizational sign-on letter  to appropriators requesting final FY19 funding for innocence and forensic science programs within the Commerce, Justice, Science, and Related Agencies appropriations bill. 

10/10/18 – Organizational sign-on letter to the National Park Service opposing protest fees for demonstrations on the National Mall. Organized by The Wilderness Society.

9/13/18 – Organizational sign-on letter urging the U.S. Dept. of Justice to stop delaying the implementation of the Death in Custody Reporting Act of 2013 (DCRA). 

9/12/18 - Updated community sign-on letter supporting the Reintegration of Ex-Offenders (RExO) program at Department of Labor.  This updated letter makes the final FY19 request for Congress to fully fund the RExO program at $93 million, the FY18 funding level.  The Senate-passed FY19 bill and the House Appropriations Committee-passed FY19 bill both would appropriate $93 million to RExO. 

9/7/18 – Organizational sign-on letter opposing a proposed request by the Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS) for information from state agencies about inmates’ citizenship and country of birth. 

8/29/18 – Organizational sign-on letter to the Senate opposing Judge Kavanaugh’s nomination to the U.S. Supreme Court 

7/20/18 – Organizational sign-on letter to oppose the Aderholt amendment to the House Labor-HHS-Education Appropriations bill for FY 19 which would allow child welfare and foster care agencies to discriminate on the basis of sexual orientation.

6/29/18 – National Immigration Project organizational sign-on letter to members of Congress asking them to decriminalize migration – end Trump’s zero tolerance policy.

6/18/18 – Organizational sign-on letter to the Acting Director of the Bureau of Prisons (BOP) objecting to their rollback in PREA (Prison Rape Elimination Act) housing protections for transgender people in BOP custody.

6/7/18 - Organizational sign-on letter calling upon Department of Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen to end the harmful and inhumane practice of separating immigrant children from their parents. Senator Wyden and Senator Murray, joined by 38 other Senators, called on the President to end this “cruel” policy and cited specifically to this letter as evidence of the groundswell of opposition to this practice.

5/24/18 – Organizational sign-on letter to Sec. Nielson, U.S. Dept. of Homeland Security, calling for the release of the unredacted memo referred to as the “Race Paper.”

5/18/18 - Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights sign-on letter opposing the First Step Act (H.R. 5682) due to many concerns, including the omission of sentencing reform, the overbroad list of exclusions, and the dangerous risk assessment system it seeks to implement.

5/17/18 – Organizational sign-on letter expressing opposition for Rep. Turner's (R-OH) Fostering Stable Housing Opportunities Act. The bill includes strict work requirements for receiving housing benefits. on young adults aging out of foster care. National Low Income Housing Coalition.

5/15/18 – Organizational sign on letter to Congress urging them to reject the $15.3 billion rescissions package proposed by the Trump Administration.

5/8/18 – Organizational sign on to FY19 funding letter for federal innocence and forensic science programs that help to prevent, identify, and remediate wrongful convictions. Sent to leaders of the Subcommittee on Commerce, Justice, Science and Related Agencies. 

5/1/18 - Organizational sign on letters to Senate and House leaders of the Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services and Education, asking them to fully fund the Statewide Family Engagement Center (SFEC) program in FY19. National PTA and the PACER Center.

4/11/18 – National Task Force to End Sexual & Domestic Violence letter to Congress to support strong federal funding for the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA), the Victims of Crime Act (VOCA) and the Family Violence Prevention and Services Act (FVPSA)

4/11/18 – Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights letter to the Chair and Ranking Member of the House Judiciary Committee opposing efforts to advance "back end" only legislation and expressing concerns about the House version of prison reform, [H.R. 3356], the Prison Reform and Redemption Act.

3/20/18 – March for Science letter to Congress calling for the support for funding for gun violence research. To be delivered to Congress on 3/22/18.

3/12/18 - H.R. 4909, the STOP School Violence Act of 2018 – organizational sign-on letter opposing this Act for being misguided, duplicative, and harmful to all students.

3/5/18 – Criminal justice stakeholder sign-on letter for FY18 and FY19 strong justice assistance funding. Send to Appropriations Committee Chairpersons and Ranking Members Cochran, Shelby, Culberson, Frelinghuysen, and Ranking Members Leahy, Shaheen, Lowey, and Serrano.

2/28/18 - FY19 Funding Request of $95 million for the Reintegration of Ex-Offenders (RExO) Program. Safer Foundation. Letter sent to Committee on Appropriations Chairs and Ranking Members for the Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies.

2/13/18 – Dream floor debate sign-on letter sent to Members of Congress seeking permanent protections for Dreamers and calling on Congress to pass the Dream Act without further delay.

2/9/18 – Letter to U.S. Dept.  of Health and Human Services Sec. Azar asking that the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) withdraw the Jan. 11th guidance and immediately discontinue waiver approvals for state waivers that include work requirements.

2/8/2018 – Byrne JAG stakeholder support letter. Letter to the President and the majority and minority leaders of the House and Senate seeking strong funding for the Byrne Justice Assistance Grant program (Byrne JAG).

2/8/18 -  Act4JJ letter to the Chairs and Ranking Members of the CJS Subcommittee of the Committee on Appropriations seeking full funding for juvenile justice and delinquency prevention programs for FY19.

1/24/18 - Letter to Congress urging adequate funding for non-defense discretionary (NDD) programs and opposing efforts to make deep cuts in these programs. NDD United. 

1/18/18 – Letter to Sec. Nielsen, U.S. Dept. of Homeland Security, condemning the targeting of immigrant rights leaders and individuals associated with the sanctuary movement. National Immigrant Justice Center.

1/16/18 – Urgent appeal to Sec. Nielsen, U.S. Dept. of Homeland Security, to halt plans to separate children from parents when they arrive at or are found near the U.S. border.

1/11/18 – Letter in support of the Byrne Justice Assistance Grant (Byrne JAG) program. National Criminal Justice Association.  

1/5/18 - Joint statement in opposition to HUD’s suspension of the Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing (AFFH) regulation. The regulation provided jurisdictions with a roadmap and tools for compliance and included measures for accountability. National Fair Housing Alliance.


12/13/17 – Request to congressional leaders to immediately enact a strong, five-year extension of the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP). First Focus.

12/11/17 – Letter to House and Senate Appropriations leaders to ensure the WIOA (Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act) Youth formula program funding is left intact in the coming supplemental appropriations bill and oppose any new transfer authorities. National Youth Employment Coalition.

12/7/17 – Letter to Sec. DeVos expressing strong support for robust enforcement of the regulation implementing the IDEA’s disproportionality requirements and opposition to any effort to delay its implementation. The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights.

12/6/17 – Urges Congress to take action before they leave for winter holidays on the following issues: CHIP, DACA, disaster relief, and to lift the sequester caps. Coalition on Human Needs.

12/1/17 – Comment to the American Correctional Association offering support for their new proposed standards on youth isolation and recommendations for improvements. Stop Solitary for Kids.

11/9/17 – Urges leaders of the Appropriations Committees to continue funding of federal innocence and forensic science programs at the Department of Justice and the National Institute of Standards and Technology at the Department of Commerce in the final FY 2018 Commerce, Justice, Science, and Related Agencies appropriations bill. Innocence Project.

9/26/17 – Letter asking the 2017 Dream Act sponsors to adopt more flexible requirements in regards to expungements and misdemeanors. Immigrant Legal Resource Center.

9/20/17 - Urges Senate Judiciary Committee Chm. Grassley and Ranking Member Feinstein to oppose the Criminal Alien Gang Member Removal Act, H.R. 3697. National Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Coalition (NJJDPC).

9/12/17 – Urges House to oppose the Criminal Alien Gang Member Removal Act, H.R. 3697. Coalition letter.

9/5/17 – Senate letter and House letter to Chm. and Ranking Members of Armed Services, Judiciary, and Oversight and Govt. Reform Committees to put a moratorium on the U.S. Dept. of Defense’s 1033 program, which provides police departments with military equipment, until congressional hearings can be held to consider legislative proposals on this issue. Constitution Project.

8/25/27 – Letter to Appropriations Committee leaders in support of continued investment in the Legal Services Corporation (LSC). ABA Center on Children and the Law.

8/10/17 – Urges the Dept. of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) to maintain their Equal Access Rule, codified in 24 C.F.R. Part 5, and reject any effort to repeal it. The Equal Access Rule provides clear and comprehensive protection for individuals seeking assistance from HUD-funded programs from discrimination based on sexual orientation, gender identity, and marital status. National Center for Transgender Equality. Letter not public at this time.

5/4/17 - Letter to Representatives opposing a potential amendment to the FY17 appropriations bill that would repeal HUD’s Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing (AFFH) regulation, require HUD to use its limited resources to duplicate previous consultations with state and local governments about how to fulfill their fair housing obligations, and block access to government geo-spatial data. National Fair Housing Alliance.

 3/10/17 – Urges majority and minority leaders of House and Senate to keep the unique needs of children front and center and adopt a “do no harm” standard for children as they consider any changes to the nation’s health care system. Children’s Defense Fund.

3/6/17 - Letter of Opposition to the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Education and Reform act of 2017 (H.R. 620). H.R. 620 would create significant obstacles for people with disabilities to enforce their rights under Title III of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) to access public accommodations, and would impede their ability to engage in daily activities and participate in the mainstream of society. Consortium for Citizens with Disabilities (CCD) and Coalition Partners.

3/1/17 – Letter of support for the MERCY Act. Sponsored by Sen. Cory Booker to protect young people from solitary confinement. Juvenile Law Center.

2/27/17 – Letter to Congress highlighting the importance of the programs supported by domestic spending and calling on them to work together with the President to protect these programs from further cuts and end sequestration. NDD United.

1/25/17 – Letter to President and Congress in support of four principles for Strengthening America’s Values and Economy (SAVE) for All. Federal priorities must (1) protect and assist low-income and vulnerable people; (2) invest in broadly shared economic growth and jobs; (3) increase revenues from fair sources; and (4) seek savings from reducing waste in the Pentagon and elsewhere. Coalition on Human Needs.