APA Renewing Focus on Juvenile Justice

Joins dozens of groups to support prevention and the protection of status offenders

APA recently signed on to coalition letters supporting reforms to federal juvenile justice policy. One urged a key Senate Republican (PDF, 91KB) to co-sponsor the Youth PROMISE Act (S. 1307). This legislation seeks to create funding for community planning, implementation and evaluation of evidence-based and promising practices that prevent and intervene in youth violence and delinquency. The other letter urged members of the U.S. House of Representatives to support the Prohibiting Detention of Youth Status Offenders Act (H.R. 4123). This bill would create a penalty for states that fail to eliminate the valid court order exception for status offenders — youth who commit acts that amount to crimes only because of their status as a minor (e.g., possession of tobacco or alcohol, truancy violations, running away).

Juvenile justice represents a long-standing priority for APA. Please sign up for APA Federal Action Network alerts to support future efforts.