New House Legislation Would Reauthorize JJDPA

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Rep. Jason Lewis,  R-Minnesota, and Rep. Bobby Scott, D-Virginia, introduced HR 1809 today.

The bill would reauthorize the Juvenile Justice Delinquency and Prevention Act.

The Act expired in 2007 after last being reauthorized in 2002. The House approved its reauthorization last year, but one senator blocked it in the Senate in November.

The JJDPA provides federal funding to states that follow the four core requirements — deinstitutionalization of status offenders, adult jail and lock-up removal, sight and sound separation, and disproportionate minority contact.

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