On December 13, 2018, National Crittenton released the following statement in response to Congress passing the Juvenile Justice Reform Act of 2018:
Today Congress passed the Juvenile Justice Reform Act of 2018, the first reauthorization of the Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Act of 1974 since 2002.
For more than four decades, the JJDPA has provided critical protections for young people involved in the juvenile justice system, including the core requirements to address racial and ethnic disparities and the deinstitutionalization of status offenses. This reauthorization also requires states to create plans to eliminate the shackling of detained or incarcerated pregnant youth.
In Virginia, Black girls are 5.2 times more likely to be suspended than white girls, yet there is a lack of evidence that Black girls misbehave more often. Research also shows Black girls are often punished for minor and subjective offenses like dress code violations, and youth suspended from school in Virginia are more likely to experience adverse academic outcomes.
To address the impact of school discipline on equal access to education for Black girls, students, policymakers, and community leaders from across the state will host a forum on Saturday, co-hosted by Virginia Delegate Jennifer Carroll Foy and National Women’s Law Center. National Crittenton is a co-sponsor of the forum.
A new interactive data tool from Pew Charitable Trust shows a national problem on a state-by-state level: the incarceration of youth for status offenses and technical violations. Pew shares that “nearly a quarter of the 48,043 juveniles held in residential facilities across the U.S. on a single day in 2015 were confined for status offenses or technical violations of supervision, according to the Census of Juveniles in Residential Placement from the Department of Justice’s Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention.”
Today National Crittenton president Jeannette Pai-Espinosa issued the following statement in response to New York Times’ October 21 article “‘Transgender’ Could Be Defined Out of Existence Under Trump Administration“:
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