Act4JJ just sent around an e-mail blast announcing that a draft of the bill to reauthorize the federal Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Act is due shortly.
“The Senate Judiciary Committee and the House Education and Labor Committee are actively working to craft legislation for the JJDPA reauthorization,” Act4JJ says, “and we expect to see a draft very soon. We anticipate that this legislation will be based on the recommendations of lawyers, policy-makers, and youth advocates and it will be grounded in the recent research conducted by the Department of Justice, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and other national and state research organizations.”
To learn why this bill is so crucial for reform efforts, see my earlier commentary here and here, and visit the Act4JJ website. And if you’re in the DC area, try to stop by the upcoming Campaign for Youth Justice briefing on reauthorizing the JJDPA. Details below:
Date: Thursday, February 21, 2008
Time: 1:00–3:00 pm
Where: 2261 Rayburn House Office Building (2nd floor)
RSVP: Ian Augarten at firstname.lastname@example.org