Comment On Administration Support For The Juvenile Justice And Delinquency Prevention Reauthorization Act

The Justice Department on April 15 sent a letter to Senator Patrick Leahy in support of the Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Reauthorization Act.  Leahy introduced the legislation in March 2009, and the Judiciary Committee favorably reported the bill in December

“The Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Act is intended to keep children safe and out of trouble, and also to ensure that they have the opportunity to become productive adult members of society.  In working hard on past reauthorizations of this legislation, Senators have learned the importance of balancing strong law enforcement with effective prevention programs. This reauthorization bill  pushes forward new ways to help children move out of the criminal justice system, return to school, and become responsible, hard-working members of our communities.  I know that Attorney General Holder shares these priorities, and I look forward to working with him to see this important piece of legislation passed in order to secure the safety of our communities and increase the opportunities for our young people to lead productive lives.”

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