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Across the nation, juvenile courts and corrections systems are littered with poorly conceived strategies that increase crime, endanger young people and damage their future prospects, waste billions of taxpayer dollars, and violate people's deepest held principles about equal justice under the law. While juvenile justice is largely a state and local responsibility, the federal government can and should make a crucial contribution. Often, states and localities lack the financial resources and technical know-how to reform their juvenile programs and practices, and they have long looked to Washington for guidance. Indeed, since the Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Act (JJDPA) was passed in 1974, Washington has often played a vital role in setting minimum standards, conducting and disseminating research on best practices, and providing funding to help states and localities improve their juvenile systems. Unfortunately, in recent years the federal government's role in juvenile justice has suffered due to inattention and drift. With the landmark JJDPA up for reauthorization in 2009, the Obama administration has an unparalleled opportunity to use the resources and influence of the federal government to jumpstart a long-overdue renaissance in the nation's approach to adolescent crime. This brief offers recommendations for reforming the nation's juvenile justice system.

Descriptors: Crime, Juvenile Justice, Federal Government, Change Strategies, Government Role, Organizational Change, Correctional Institutions, Correctional Rehabilitation, Crime Prevention, Public Policy, Federal Legislation

Annie E. Casey Foundation. 701 Saint Paul Street, Baltimore, MD 21202. Tel: 410-547-6600; Fax: 410-547-6624; Web site: http://www.aecf.org









Author: Annie E. Casey Foundation

Source: https://eric.ed.gov/?q=a&ft=on&ff1=dtySince_1992&pg=3435&id=ED507790



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