CWLA's letter to Senate and House appropriators requesting FY 2007 juvenile justice funding
March 13, 2006
To the United States Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Commerce, Justice, and Science and the United States House of Representatives Appropriations Subcommittee on Science, State, Justice and Commerce and Related Agencies.
As the Appropriations Committee marks up its FY 2007 Science, State, Justice and Commerce appropriations bill, the Child Welfare League of America urges you to consider the following funding requests to support efforts to reduce crime and delinquency and to improve the effectiveness of the nation's child abuse and neglect courts.
We urge you to provide $95 million in funding for the Title V Local Delinquency Prevention Program in the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP). Title V is the only federal funding source dedicated solely to delinquency prevention. It provides communities with critical ingredients for successful delinquency prevention: a research-based prevention framework; the tools, training, and technical assistance needed to bring community members together to build on that framework; and local control of program planning and implementation.
We urge Congress to provide $250 million in funding for the Juvenile Accountability Block Grant (JABG) Program for FY 2007. JABG allows States and units of local governments to achieve greater accountability through enhanced juvenile court programs and practices, and improved collaboration of the multiple systems providing services to these youth and families.
The President's budget recommends $93.3 million for the state juvenile justice formula grants to support state and local governments efforts and $33.5 million for the Delinquency Prevention Block Grant for an array of prevention initiatives. We request you approve these amounts.
Federal funding for administration of federal juvenile justice programs at the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention should be restored to at least $3.6 million, the funding level in FY 2004. This will help to ensure effective administration of Title V, JABG, and all the other programs.
We urge Congress to place a cap of no more than 25% on the portion of juvenile justice discretionary funds that can be assigned to earmarks. The increasing number and funding amounts of earmarks in these accounts are prohibiting programs from carrying out their primary purpose including stimulating innovation and identifying, demonstrating, evaluating, and replicating promising and effective programs nationally.
As you consider the FY 2007 Science, State, Justice and Commerce appropriations bill I hope you will adopt these recommended funding levels for these vital initiatives.
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