Economic Costs of Youth Disadvantage, and High-Return Opportunities for Change
This report from the White House Council of Economic Advisers explores the barriers that disadvantaged youth face, particularly young men of color, and quantifies the enormous costs this poses to the U.S. economy. In particular, this report focuses on the significant disparities in education, exposure to the criminal justice system, and employment that persist between young men of color and other Americans. The report outlines why it's important for our nation — from business, faith, and civic leaders, to local law enforcement — to invest in the lives of our nation’s young people.
In the past decade, a growing number of state, local and tribal jurisdictions have begun to take significant steps to overhaul their juvenile justice systems. These changes are the result of a heightening awareness of the ineffectiveness of punitive practices and accumulating knowledge about adolescent brain development. Momentum for reform is growing. However, many state, local, and trival jurisdictions need assistance and are looking to the Federal Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention for guidance.
NJJDPC Releases Promoting Safe Communities: Recommendations for the 114th Congress (March 2015)
Promoting Safe Communities is a comprehensive document of issues and recommendations for the 114th Congress to promote safe communities by investing in policies that are both effective and based on adolescent development research regarding at-risk youth and the juvenile justice system.
NJJDPC Releases Promoting Safe Communities: Recommendations for the Administration (July 2015)
The National Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Coalition (NJJDPC) released, “Promoting Safe Communities; Recommendations to the Administration,” a bi-annual call to action for the federal government to use it’s leadership to end the inhumane practices used against youth in contact with the law.
Despite significant reforms over the past decade to reduce youth incarceration and out-of-home placements, there are still far too many youth being locked up in our juvenile and criminal justice systems. Despite falling crime rates and a 45% decrease in youth arrests over the past decade, the United States still arrests more than 600,000 youth a year, the vast majority of whom could be more effectively treated in community-based settings. Each year, we incarcerate 55,000 children in state prisons, most who are there for non-violent crimes. An additional 250,000 youth are prosecuted in the adult criminal justice system annually; and on any given night more than 6,000 youth are held in adult jails and prisons.
With strong federal leadership, the pace of juvenile justice reforms can be accelerated. Research over the past 25 years has increased our understanding of what works and how to best approach juvenile delinquency and system reform. Many jurisdictions across the country are implementing promising reforms, and there is an increasingly clear path for moving toward community and evidence-based approaches to reducing adolescent crime.
In its final 18 months in office, the Administration has the opportunity and responsibility to support effective systems of justice for our youth and should begin by focusing on the following five priority areas: Restore Federal Leadership in Juvenile Justice Policy; Support and Prioritize Prevention, Early Intervention, and Diversion Strategies; Ensure Safety and Fairness for Court-Involved Youth; Remove Youth from the Adult Criminal Justice System; Support Youth Reentry. In a moment of bi-partisan agreement that our juvenile and criminal justice systems are inhumane, ineffective and costly, it is time for the Administration to take action on behalf of our nation’s youth.
Position Statement by the National Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Coalition on President Barack Obama's call to End Solitary Confinement for Juveniles in Federal Custody. (January, 2016)
Testimony by NJJDPC submitted to the US Senate Judiciary Committee in October, 2015 in support of the S.2123 the Sentencing Reform and Corrections Act
The Coalition supports the US Senate's Sentencing Reform and Corrections Act (2015), in particular for the three juvenile justice provisions that protect youth in federal custody by limiting solitary confinement, extending record sealing and expulsion, and the possibility of sentence modification for juveniles who have been incarcerated in the federal system for twenty years or more.
In response to the National Rifle Assocaition (NRA) proposal to place armed personnel in each of our nation's schools as a path to improved school safety, the National Juvenile Justice and Deliquency Prevention Coalition (NJJDPC), comprising a broad array of youth safety experts, researchers, practitioners, and advocates regularly engaged in issues of school safety, has issued this statement asserting that this approach will not result in safer schools.
The tragic December 14th shootings in Newtown, Connecticut shook our nation’s confidence in its ability to prevent violence and keep our children and our communities safe. It also strengthened our resolve to prevent future violence. The grief and anguish connected with the violence in Newtown cause us to remember that in far too many communities, violence is commonplace; an everyday occurrence. As lawmakers discuss potential solutions to keep our communities and our children safer, including limits to the widespread accessibility of firearms, both illegal and legal, in the United States, we offer the expertise of the National Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Coalition (NJJDPC) and provide recommendations for a comprehensive approach to reduce violence and keep children and communities safe.