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The U.S. House of Representatives is considering substantial cuts to juvenile justice funding in the Department of Justice. Only $33 million would be available for juvenile justice nationwide under the House proposal.

Juvenile justice programs strengthen the nation's juvenile justice system, and support prevention and early intervention programs that make a critical difference for young people and their communities, and contribute to the prevention and reduction of youth crime and violence.

These programs enable states and communities to improve the juvenile justice system so that it provides critical treatment and rehabilitative services, in safe conditions, that are tailored to the needs of juveniles and their families; protects public safety; and, holds youthful offenders accountable. This reduction will gut proven state and community juvenile justice intervention programs that localities have used to keep youth and families safe, and keep juvenile crime rates down.

As the Senate Appropriations Committee considers the CJS Appropriations Bill, it is urgent that juvenile justice funding is restored to increase public safety, and ensure the protection of children from the dangers of adult jails, improve safety for youth in custody, and increase fairness in the justice system.

Sign the petition and contact your Senators to urge them to support investing in effective juvenile crime prevention programs and protect youth in the juvenile justice system.