Reauthorization of the JJDPA

First enacted in 1974, the Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Act (JJDPA) was reauthorized in December 2018 for the first time in nearly 16 years. H. 6964 received broad bi-partisan support. The legislation provides long awaited updates to the Act and its core protections, and reflects the new knowledge that has developed in the field. The JJDPA remains one of the most successful standard-setting statutes at the federal level and at its heart recognizes the value of citizen-driven efforts to prevent and stem delinquency. The success of the JJDPA has been supported in significant part by the national agenda-setting, research, evaluation, oversight, and technical assistance functions of OJJDP. It remains the landmark federal statute—and single most influential piece of federal legislation—providing four substantive safeguards (core protections) for youth who come into contact with the juvenile justice system. 

Resources:
Text of H. 6964
Summary of H. 6964
Data Collection Requirements
SAG Membership
State Plans
CJJ's Policy Platform Supporting JJDPA Reauthorization