November 16, 2017

Juvenile Justice Act Reauthorization


BE IT RESOLVED, that the American Bar Association supports the reauthorization of the Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Act only so long as Congress conducts comprehensive public hearings to determine the effectiveness of the Act and to examine its future goals and objectives.

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that in the event Congress decides to reauthorize the Act, any such reauthorization should include: adherence to unbiased, responsible agenda for research, development and demonstration programs; diversification of training; guarantees of juveniles' right to counsel; improvement of conditions of confinement; and a commitment to alternatives to confinement; a prohibition on secure confinement status offenders; elimination of waivers for States which do not comply with the Act's objectives; and strict Congressional oversight of the Act and its implementation.