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Congress passes juvenile justice reauthorization, includes support for afterschool programs

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Congress passes juvenile justice reauthorization, includes support for afterschool programs

On Dec. 13, sixteen years after last being reauthorized, the House of Representatives passed the Senate’s version of a five-year Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Act (JJDPA) reauthorization bill, sending it to the White House for President Donald Trump to sign. The Senate passed the same Juvenile Justice Reform Act (HR 6964) unanimously earlier last week. The legislation strengthens and updates the federal law that has been protecting justice-system involved youth since 1974, adding new prevention provisions including grant funding that can provide quality afterschool programming to young people.

The law remains the only federal statute that sets out national standards for the custody and care of youth in the juvenile justice system and provides direction and support for state juvenile justice system improvements. Under the newly passed legislation, the core protections will be strengthened, and critical, research-based improvements will promote the rehabilitative purpose of the juvenile justice system.

Title III of the Juvenile Justice Reform Act amends the JJDPA to permit Youth PROMISE grants to be used by local policy boards to fund delinquency prevention programs, including but not limited to: afterschool programs, alcohol and substance abuse prevention or treatment services; child and adolescent health and mental health services; and, leadership and youth development activities. States would develop and submit an application for funds that would then be awarded at the local level. Afterschool programs have long been an evidenced based strategy for keeping young people safe, getting them engaged in learning, and helping them take advantage of their full potential as they navigate school, peers and their surroundings, particularly during the hours when school is out and juvenile crime can spike. Congressman Bobby Scott (D-Va.) has championed the Youth PROMISE grant program for many years and was able to get it included in the Act.

The bill also:

  • promotes the use of alternatives to incarceration;
  • supports the implementation of trauma-informed, evidence-based practices;
  • calls for the elimination of dangerous practices in confinement, including eliminating the use of restraints on pregnant girls;
  • improves conditions and educational services for incarcerated youth;
  • focuses on the particular needs of special youth populations, such as trafficked youth and Tribal youth;
  • increases local control in delinquency prevention programming; and
  • increases accountability.

Finally, the legislation also includes a two-year reauthorization of the Runaway and Homeless Youth Act (RHYA). A longer term reauthorization of RHYA is expected to take place in the 116th Congress, including much-needed programmatic updates. Nearly 62 percent of youth experiencing homelessness have been arrested and 44 percent have been detained.

Supporters of afterschool can stay informed about state plan development and the implementation of the Juvenile Justice Reform Act through Afterschool Snack blog posts as well through the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention: https://www.ojjdp.gov/

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