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A Complete Breakdown of America’s New Juvenile Justice Law

Monday 14th of January 2019 | North America, United States
Chronicle of Social Change
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At long last, federal law on a key juvenile justice policy has been dusted off. On December 21, the day the government shut down, President Trump signed into law the Juvenile Justice Reform Act of 2018, an update to the Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Act (JJDPA), which was passed in 1974. It had not been reauthorized since 2002.

The most important part of that process is simply reauthorizing the existing parts of the law, in particular the grant program by which states are rewarded for adhering to four core requirements:

Not locking up youth for committing status offenses, which includes crimes like truancy that would not be considered a crime for an adult.

Removal of juvenile offenders from adult jails and prisons, with very limited exceptions.

In those very limited exceptions, sight and sound separation of juveniles from adults in facilities.

Making efforts to research, identify and address disproportional minority contact in the juvenile justice system.

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