Appropriations

two girls piggybackTo make legislative and administrative proposals truly actionable, it is essential to resource them and to reverse recent federal divestment in youth violence prevention, delinquency prevention and juvenile justice. We ask that the Congress fully fund the federal programs that support critical state and local strategies. Specifically, we propose the following activities:

  • Allocate the resources to effectively implement the Youth PROMISE Act.
  • Invest at least $80 million in the JJDPA Title II State Formula Grant Program and $65 million in JJDPA Title V Delinquency Prevention Program as core support for these critical state and local programs. JJDPA funds are used effectively for the following purposes among others: “Gun Programs” to reduce unlawful acquisition and illegal use of guns by juveniles; “School Programs,” such as those designed to enhance school climate and safety; and community action planning to put in place continuums of services for high risk youth and families, and to support prevention violence and delinquency.1
  • Fund effective implementation of the mental health and criminal justice collaboration grant.2 This law, administered by the Department of Justice, authorizes grants to assist with diversion, treatment, and transition services for youth and adults with mental illness who come in contact with law enforcement.

Press Releases
House CJS Subcommittee on Appropriations Approves Deep Cuts in Critical Juvenile Justice Funding (July 2013) 

 

Letters to House Appropriations Calling for Appropriate Funding for Juvenile Justice Programs 

National Disability Rights Network (May 2013)
American Psychological Association (May 2013)
National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges (May 2013)
The Sentencing Project (May 2013)
National Crittenton Foundation (May 2013)
Youth Advocate Programs (May 2013)
Juvenile Law Center (May 2013)
National Juvenile Defender Center (May 2013)
National Juvenile Justice Network (May 2013)
Southwest Key (June 2013)
The Burns Institute (June 2013)
Girls, Inc. (June 2013)
National Network 4 Youth (June 2013)
Human Rights Project for Girls (June 2013)
Afterschool Alliance (June 2013)
Child Welfare League of America (June 2013)

 

Letters to Senate Appropriations Calling for Appropriate Funding for Juvenile Justice Programs 

National Disability Rights Network (May 2013)
American Psychological Association (May 2013)
National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges (May 2013)
The Sentencing Project (May 2013)
National Crittenton Foundation (May 2013)
Youth Advocate Programs (May 2013)
Juvenile Law Center (May 2013)
National Juvenile Defender Center (May 2013)
National Juvenile Justice Network (May 2013)
Southwest Key (June 2013)
The Burns Institute  (June 2013) 
Girls, Inc. (June 2013)
National Network 4 Youth (June 2013)
Human Rights Project for Girls (June 2013)
Afterschool Alliance (June 2013)
Child Welfare League of America (June 2013)

 

Footnotes:
1 U.S.C. 42: Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Act §§221(a), 223(a) and § 501 et.seq.
2 See P.L. 108-414, Mentally Ill Offender Treatment and Crime Reduction Act.