Letter to Congress in Support of JJDPA
The law enforcement leaders of Fight Crime: Invest in Kids sent a letter to Congress in support of the bipartisan reauthorization of the Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Act
The law enforcement leaders of Fight Crime: Invest in Kids sent a letter to Congress expressing their strong support for S. 1169, the bipartisan reauthorization of the Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Act (JJDPA). This reauthorization supports proven programs that can prevent youths from engaging in criminal activity or rehabilitate youths starting to offend. These programs provide a critical support for law enforcement and an important investment in those young people.
If a youth 14 years old or younger becomes a second-time offender, their likelihood of future run-ins with law enforcement spikes to 77%
Recidivism remains a serious problem, draining law enforcement resources and damaging public safety. Past studies have shown that if a youth 14 years old or younger becomes a second-time offender, their likelihood of future run-ins with law enforcement spikes to 77 percent; and nationwide, almost half of youths who come before juvenile court (40 percent) will come before the court at least one more time.
More needs to be done to ensure that if a youth offends, their first contact with the justice system is also their last. The bipartisan Senate bill to reauthorize JJDPA would provide federal support for evidence-based programs to combat youth recidivism. Many states have expanded the use of these intervention programs in recent years, and additional support through the JJDPA reauthorization would help states continue this work. Research has shown that effective community-based intervention programs for youths and their families can significantly reduce the likelihood that the youth will get into trouble again. By reasserting family and personal responsibility, and coaching parents and children in the skills they will need to change the youths’ behaviors, juvenile offenders are much more likely to engage in more pro-social behavior and avoid future run-ins with the law.
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