40 for 40 Video Series

40 Stories for the 40 Years of the JJDPA

September 2014 marked the 40th anniversary of the Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Act (JJDPA), the nation's main law governing state juvenile justice systems.  In 1974, the JJDPA changed the face of youth justice—setting basic standards for state systems and establishing four core protections for young people in the system.

The JJDPA allows states to fund innovations and reforms that keep more kids out of jails and detention facilities and connected to safe, proven supports in their communities. Many states have used the JJDPA to modernize and improve their programs in ways that give kids the supports they need to get their lives back on track while at the same time helping make communities safer.

To celebrate, we collected new voices and personal stories about the impact of the JJDPA and ways it can be strengthened and improved—40 in all--one for year of this landmark law.  Watch the clips and learn more about how you can get involved.

Mark talks about: 
jail removalwhat we can do 

Carmen talks about: 
status offenses” 

Darla talks about: 
Transitional Livinghomelessness & JJ

Jamiel talks about: 
what works: community-based alternatives

Benjamin talks about: 
the teen brainfunding justice

Karen talks about: 
state innovations in juvenile justice 

Keela talks about:
 youth lock-upkey reform in 5 states       

Vincent talks about: 
reform in DCWhat is the OJJDP








Nell talks about: 
girls in justiceresilience and child welfare

About this Video Project

SparkAction, the Act 4 Juvenile Justice Campaign of the National Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Coalition (NJJDPC), and local organizations across the country together are collecting and featuring 40 short videos that use real lives and real voices to illustrate the policy and systems impact of the JJDPA. The project is designed to engage, inform and ultimately mobilize support for a meaningful Congressional reauthorization that improves and strengthens this landmark law to support states in designing fairer, more effective local approaches.

Media Contact: Caitlin Johnson 202-207-3726, [email protected]