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May 2022: Urge Lawmakers to Commit to Youth Justice in FY23!

Please reach out to your members of Congress and let them know that it's vital for Congress to robustly fund juvenile justice programs in the FY23 Commerce, Justice, Science, and Related Agencies (CJS) spending bill. This bill funds critical juvenile justice programs that help protect youth as well as improve system effectiveness and accountability.  The funding request includes $100 million to support state planning to closed failed youth facilities and expand access to more effective and cost efficient community-based alternatives. States need these federal funds to support the most effective approaches for youth and families while promoting safe communities. Congress reauthorized the Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Act (JJDPA) in 2018. Now we must ensure full funding so that states have the capacity to successfully implement the law and provide services to young people that can divert them away from the justice system.

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Please spread the word by sending your networks to the Action Center powered by SparkAction.org.

There, you’ll find:

  • An easy-to-use zip code  action alert to support funding for the JJDPA and information on what's in the law
  • Resources and information from fellow coalition members and allies

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