Criminal justice reform has been supported by both parties, however, congress has yet to make any changes to the criminal justice system. Last week, the House of Representatives passed a bill that is an update of the Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Act, which unfortunately expired in 2007.
“The bill is an update of the Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Act, which has been expired since 2007. It would withhold federal funding from states that hold minors in adult jails. Unlike previous versions of the law, the new bill would extend that protection to juveniles who have been charged with adult crimes but are still awaiting trial.”
In addition, the law also bans states from locking up minors for “status offenses,” or crimes such as breaking a curfew. The legislation also bans the shackling of pregnant girls.
The bill still needs to be passed through congress.
Find your congressperson here and write a letter demanding that they update the Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Act.