Sending Office: Honorable Tony Cardenas
Sent By:
Anna.Hevia@mail.house.gov

Support Federal Juvenile Justice Programs (CJS Approps)

Deadline: March 12, 2018

FY18 Cosigners (79): Reps. Adams, Barragán,
Bass, Blumenauer, Bonamici, Brown,
Brownley, Butterfield, Capuano, Carbajal, Carson,
Castor, Clarke, Cohen, Conyers, Costa,
Cummings
, Danny K. Davis, Susan A. Davis,
DeGette, Delaney, Demings, DeSaulnier,
Ellison
, Engel, Espaillat, Evans, Foster, Fudge, Gabbard,
Garamendi, Gonzalez, Green, Hastings, Jayapal, Jeffries,
Johnson, Lawson, Lee, Levin, Lewis, Lieu,
Lofgren
, Maloney, McEachin, McGovern,
McNerney, Meeks, Moore, Nadler, Napolitano, Norcross, Norton,
Panetta, Payne, Polis, Quigley, Raskin, Rice, Richmond, Roybal-Allard,
Rush, Sablan, Sánchez, Schakowsky,
Schneider, Bobby Scott, David Scott, Shea-Porter,
Sires, Adam Smith, Swalwell, Vargas,
Veasey, Vela, Watson Coleman,
Frederica Wilson
, Yarmuth
[Members in bold have already signed on for FY19]

Dear Colleague,

Please join us in supporting federal investment in juvenile justice programs for FY 2019. Federal funding of these important programs is a proven and cost-effective way to prevent crime in local communities, reduce youth incarceration, and
foster better outcomes for youth. Additionally, federal investment in juvenile justice is fiscally responsible because prevention and intervention programs keep at-risk youth out of the criminal justice system and saves taxpayer dollars by reducing incarceration
rates.

This federal funding is an important tool to help states and local communities in their efforts to develop and implement evidence-based strategies that reduce youth incarceration and foster better outcomes for youth. Given the effectiveness of these programs
and initiatives, we ask that you join us in urging the following funding levels for FY 2019:

  • $80 million for the JJDPA Title II State Formula Grants Program;
  • $125 million for the JJDPA Title V Delinquency Prevention Program;
  • $25 million in community-based violence prevention initiatives, 50% of which will support public health approaches to violence prevention; and
  • $10 million for competitive grants that focus on girls in the juvenile justice system.

We hope that you will join us in supporting juvenile justice programs in FY 2019. If you would like to sign this letter or have any questions, please contact Anna Hevia at 5-6131/Anna.Hevia@mail.house.gov or
Christian Haines at Christian.Haines@mail.house.gov.

Sincerely,

 

TONY CÁRDENAS                                                                     ROBERT C. “BOBBY” SCOTT
Member of Congress                                                                     Member of Congress

 

 

Dear Chairman Culberson and Ranking Member Serrano:

Thank you for your leadership on federal strategies that support opportunities for at-risk youth, increase public safety, and reduce recidivism.  As you work on funding levels for Fiscal Year 2019, we respectfully urge you to ensure adequate funding levels
for federal juvenile justice programs.

Federal investment in state juvenile justice efforts is critical to promoting public safety while also protecting our most vulnerable youth. We appreciate your attention to juvenile justice in the past and we ask for continued support for the following important
programs:

  • $80 million for the JJDPA Title II State Formula Grants Program;
  • $125 million for the JJDPA Title V Delinquency Prevention Program;
  • $25 million in community-based violence prevention initiatives, 50% of which will support public health approaches to violence prevention; and
  • $10 million for competitive grants that focus on girls in the juvenile justice system.

Federal investment in juvenile justice is fiscally and socially responsible. When we invest in effective juvenile justice systems, we not only help improve the lives of at-risk youth, but we also promote public safety by reducing crime in our communities,
and save taxpayer dollars by reducing incarceration rates. This is an investment that will continue to reap important benefits for years to come.

These funding levels will help state and local governments build and maintain effective juvenile justice systems that keep at-risk youth from becoming incarcerated adults. Research shows that incarcerated youth are more likely to offend again compared to
other youth who committed similar crimes, but were not put into juvenile detention. By focusing on evidence-based prevention and intervention initiatives, we can truly alter the trajectories of the lives of at-risk youth, helping them live up to their potential
to be productive members of society.

We believe that funding these federal juvenile justice programs is a smart and necessary investment in our youth, and in our future.  Please support FY 2019 funding for juvenile justice programs.

Sincerely,

 

TONY CÁRDENAS                                                                     ROBERT C. “BOBBY” SCOTT
Member of Congress                                                                     Member of Congress

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