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Federal Juvenile Justice Update - October 2021

October 29, 2021
Melissa C. Goemann

Urge U.S. Senate to Invest in Youth

On October 18th the Senate Appropriations Committee released the fiscal year 2022 Commerce, Justice, Science, and Related Agencies (CJS) Appropriations Bill. This is a strong bill that and would help fund prevention services and community-based alternatives nationwide. The bill highlights are as follows:

  • $80 million for the Juvenile Justice Delinquency and Prevention Act (JJDPA) Title II State Formula Grants
  • $68 million for the JJDPA Title V Local Delinquency Prevention Program ($6 million trafficked girls programs; $20 million tribes and indigenous programs; $10 million girls programs; $10 million for children exposed to violence; $12 million for PROMISE Grants to local communities) 
  • $50 million in new funding for DOJ's Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP) for a new initiative for states to close and repurpose youth prisons and expand more effective community-based alternatives for youth 
  • $110 million for mentoring 
  • $5 million for indigent defense

Click here for the bill text, here for an explanatory summary, and here for the bill summary.   

Our Senators need to hear from you! Please take this action to let your Senators know you want them to support full funding for this bill. 

National Sign-on Letters and Comments

Please see below for a list of the national letters that NJJN has signed since our last newsletter and see the federal policy page of our website for a complete list:

October 6, 2021– Letter by The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights in opposition to S. 391, the EAGLES Act of 2021, which advances threat assessment systems in schools.  Instead, the letter urges the Senator to cosponsor S. 2125, the Counseling Not Criminalization in Schools Act, S. 1858, the Keeping All Students Safe Act, and S. 2029, the Protecting our Students in Schools Act in order to ensure that children feel safe and supported in their school environments. 

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