Issue Update

Reauthorization of Juvenile Justice Legislation Passes Another Big Hurdle!

August 4, 2017

On August 1, 2017, the U.S. Senate approved S. 860, the Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Reauthorization Act of 2017, bipartisan legislation that reauthorizes, updates, and improves the 1974 Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Act (JJDPA).  Similar legislation, H.R. 1809, the Juvenile Justice Reform Act of 2017 passed the House of Representatives on May 24, 2017.  In both the House and the Senate, the legislation passed with strong (unanimous) bipartisan support; for more than 40 years, the JJDPA has helped states build systems that protected kids and promoted public safety.

For information about where we go now in order to bring this bill to enactment, as well as information about the underlying law, please review the 1-page Issue Update, which is attached.