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New Data Highlights Youth Homelessness Problem

Last week a new report, Missed Opportunities: Youth Homelessness in America, the study covers youth homelessness in a range of settings.  Young people may survive by sleeping on the streets, in shelters, running away, being kicked out, and couch surfing. The report was conducted by Chapin Hall at the University of Chicago and is the

Addressing Intersections of Juvenile Justice and Youth Homelessness

  Last week a coalition of groups released, Addressing the Intersection of Juvenile Justice Involvement and Youth Homelessness: Principles for Change.  The report notes that a young person’s involvement with the justice system can increase their likelihood of later experiencing homelessness.  Pointing out that youth experiencing homelessness may be swept into the juvenile justice system

Congress Returns with Longer List For Fall

Congress is back and the list of priorities have grown due to Hurricane Harvey. That list may have become easier or more difficult because of the need for more disaster relief.  That all remains to be seen.  There are currently 12 working days when both houses are in session before the end of September and

Long List For Fall as Congress Leaves

The Senate cut short their extended work schedule on Thursday when they finished work on several nominations including some from HHS.  They will be out until after Labor Day.  When Congress returns in September they will have a long list of items many that must be addressed by the end of the month or at

New Website-Resource Focuses on Youth in Foster Care and Juvenile Justice

Last week, the American Youth Policy Forum unveiled a new web-based resource center called Understanding Foster, Juvenile Justice, and Crossover Youth. The site is part of an effort to educate policy-makers on the needs of foster care, juvenile justice, and crossover youth. The hope is that it will serve as a quick, easy-to-read overview of

House Moves Juvenile Justice Reauthorization

On Tuesday, the House of Representatives passed H.R. 1809, the Juvenile Justice Reform Act of 2017.  The bill was adopted on a voice vote reflecting the bipartisan sponsors that they can get a reauthorization done this year.  The bill was introduced by Congressman Jason Lewis (R-MN) and House Education and Workforce Ranking Member, Congressman Bobby

Groups In Support of SSBG Gear Up for Proposed Budget Cut

If you haven’t seen it before, a coalition group including CWLA has sent Capitol Hill a letter of support of SSBG that will serve as a reminder to Capitol Hill on the importance of SSBG if the Tuesday budget includes its elimination.  The letter includes more than 75 national organizations and organizations and agencies from

Senators Re-Introduce the Connect Act

  Senator Gary Peters (D-MI) and Charles Grassley (R-IA) have reintroducing a bill that is intended to help states identify children who come into contact with both the child welfare and juvenile justice systems (dual status children and youth). The Childhood Outcomes Need New Efficient Community Teams or CONNECT Act would authorize competitive grants to

Congress May Take Another Go At JJDPA

Just before the spring recess committees in both houses took a go at moving a reauthorization of the Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Protection Act (JJDPA). The last time the JJDPA was reauthorized was in 2002 with the current programs operating without an authorization since 2007.   In July 2016, the Senate Judiciary Committee had taken the

Legislation Would Create Commission on Criminal Justice Reform

On Wednesday, March 8, Senator Gary Peters (D-MI) introduced a bipartisan bill to create a National Criminal Justice Commission.  The commission would make recommendations on a range of criminal justice issues.  In a time of partisan rancor, the bill is cosponsored by 12 Democrats and 8 Republicans.  The bill, S 573 is modeled after a

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