Policy Updates

Stay current on policy developments affecting vulnerable youth.

DCLY-DC Bill Public Health Framework

D.C. Bill Would Adopt Public Health Framework for Prevention of Violent Crime

Zoe Schein February 18, 2016 On February 2, 2016, the D.C. City Council cleared the Neighborhood Engagement Achieves Results (NEAR) Act (B. 21-0360) in the first of two council votes. Introduced by Councilmember Kenyan McDuffie, the NEAR Act received enthusiastic support from local youth advocacy groups, including D.C. Lawyers for Youth (DCLY), an NJJN member. IfRead More


AYPF Blog Post Explores Ways ESSA Promotes Diversity in Pursuit of Educational Equity

As part of AYPF’s Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) blog series, Jenna Tomaselio explores how ESSA promotes, or falls short in promoting, school diversity in pursuit of education equity:  “When President Obama signed the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) last December, it was viewed as a substantial victory in education policy. My colleagues have pointedRead More


Federal Funding Advisory: Summer Jobs and Beyond Program to Link Youth Employment, Schools, Reengagement Centers, Employers and Other Partners to Align Resources

The U.S. Department of Labor Employment and Training Administration recently announced Sumer Jobs and Beyond: Career Pathways for Youth (CPY), a program intended to provide employment‐related services to eligible youth who are new entrants to the workforce, including those with limited current or past work experience. The program will provide youth with work experience opportunities,Read More


White House Announces New Summer Opportunity Project

Today the White House announced the new Summer Opportunity Project to connect more young people, especially those who are out of school and work, to their first jobs. This announcement builds on the President’s call for a national investment of $6 billion in new funding to help more than 1 million young people gain theRead More


California DSS Publishes Resource Guide on Reasonable and Prudent Parent Standard

The California Department of Social Services recently released a Resource Guide to support implementation of the Reasonable and Prudent Parent Standard authorized by state law following enactment of the Preventing Sex Trafficking and Strengthening Families Act. The Reasonable and Prudent Parent Standard Resource Guide is intended to provide guidance on when the reasonable and prudentRead More

Starcia Ague

Message to U.S. Senate: Why the JJDPA Matters

by Starcia Ague Federal Advisory Committee on Juvenile Justice February 16, 2016 On February 12,  the reauthorization of the Juvenile Justice & Delinquency Prevention Act (JJDPA)—the nation’s main law that sets standards and protections for state juvenile justice programs—very nearly passed in the Senate. One lone member of the U.S. Senate held up passage ofRead More

LA Times

CA Gov. Brown to seek November ballot initiative to relax mandatory prison sentences

by John Myers LA Times January 27, 2016 Almost four decades after he signed a law mandating strict sentences for the most serious crimes, Gov. Jerry Brown on Wednesday moved to ease its effect, proposing inmates convicted of nonviolent offenses be given a chance at early release. “Let’s take the basic structure of our criminal lawRead More

CA Gov Brown

Ballot Measure Would Reform Juvenile Justice

Lets Judges, Not Prosecutors, Decide on Trying Youth as Adults from Fair Sentencing for Youth January 27, 2016 California Governor Jerry Brown announced a smart and humane ballot measure on January 27, 2016, that would dramatically reform both juvenile and criminal justice laws in the state, Human Rights Watch said today. If enough signatures areRead More

Lisa Pilnik

Yesterday Was a Huge Day for Youth Justice. Tomorrow Could Be Even Better

by Lisa Pilnik, Deputy Executive Director, Coalition for Juvenile Justice; Marie N. Williams, Executive Director, Coalition for Juvenile Justice January 26, 2016  “How can we subject prisoners to unnecessary solitary confinement, knowing its effects, and then expect them to return to our communities as whole people? It doesn’t make us safer. It’s an affront toRead More


ESSA Timelines and Implementation

In December President Obama signed into law the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), bipartisan legislation that rewrites the Elementary and Secondary Education Act and replaces the No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB). Now that ESSA is law, when does it go into effect? And what will happen with NCLB and NCLB waivers? Watch the AllianceRead More

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