On May 23, the House passed bipartisan legislation, the Juvenile Justice Reform Act of 2017 (H.R. 1809), to reauthorize the Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Act (PL 93-415) for the first time since FY 2002. The measure, which now awaits action by the Senate, offers reforms to help state and local leaders better serve juvenile offenders and at-risk youth, including a new streamlined funding program at the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (DOJ). JJDPA provides for: a nationwide juvenile justice planning and advisory system spanning all states, territories, and Washington, DC; federal funding for delinquency prevention and improvements in state and local juvenile justice programs and practices; and the operation of OJJDP to oversee the many funding programs that provide training and technical assistance, as well as support model programs and research and evaluation. JJDPA encourages every state to have a juvenile justice system that provide [...]
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