JJDPA at 40

This week marks 40 years of the Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Act (JJDPA)—the nation’s main law governing state juvenile justice programs. All week, advocates from across the country will be taking time to reflect on the importance of this landmark federal law and how it can be made even stronger.

All of us at the Burns Institute are committed to eliminating racial and ethnic disparities in our juvenile justice system. That’s just one of the ways that we can strengthen the JJDPA in our quest toward a more fair and equitable system of justice for young people.

Check out some of this week’s blogs from our colleagues in the field.

OP-ED: Why the JJDPA Still Matters, Juvnile Justice Information Exchange, Marie Williams

Celebrating 40 Years of Working Together for Youth Justice and Safety – Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP) Administrator Robert Listenbee

Why the #JJDPAMatters to PTA  – Jessica Seitz, Parent Teacher Association

What’s the Value of Federal Juvenile Justice Act? Imagine the Last 40 Years Without It, Chronicle of Social Change, Liz Ryan & Jill Ward

Happy 40th Anniversary, JJDPA, David Muhammad, Director of National Justice Programs for the National Council on Crime and Delinquency