Senators Whitehouse and Grassley recently introduced a bill to the Senate that not only seeks to reauthorize 1974’s Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Act, but aims to correct other problems within the system as well.
Most notably, the bill also:
- requires states to consider ethnicity in addition to race when assessing and addressing disproportionate minority contact with the juvenile justice system;
- includes provisions for trauma-informed care and specialized programming for girls;
- takes into account the new science about how kids are different from adults and ought to be treated as kids;
- contains added protections for kids charged as adults.
For more information, read the bill, posted at juvjustice.org