Changes Possible for the Juvenile Justice System as JJDPA Update Moves Through the Senate

August 3, 2015 | by Sarah Barr | Juvenile Justice Information Exchange

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The Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Reauthorization Act of 2015 has been approved by the Senate Judiciary Committee and is now on its way to the full Senate. This important legislation updates current laws on best practices in juvenile justice. One of the most exciting parts of the legislation is a portion that will prevent juveniles from being detained for status offenses like truancy and curfew violations, actions that are only crimes because of the juvenile’s status as a minor.

The Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Reauthorization Act of 2015 has been approved by the Senate Judiciary Committee and is now on its way to the full Senate. This important legislation updates current laws on best practices in juvenile justice. One of the most exciting parts of the legislation is a portion that will prevent juveniles from being detained for status offenses like truancy and curfew violations, actions that are only crimes because of the juvenile’s status as a minor. Read the article to learn more about this legislation.