Juvenile Justice Policy and Advocacy

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Our Vision

Developing young adults should have access to services that help prevent initial contact with the criminal justice system, and those they need to successfully transition from system supervision to a crime-free, productive, and healthy life in the community.

What We Believe

LSA believes effective programs should be in place to help young people at every point of their involvement in the system, including those focused on reducing truancy, recidivism, and preventing homelessness for youth exiting the system. Youth intervention and transition programs should promote resiliency.

What We Support

LSA is committed to improving outcomes for children, youth, families, and communities by working with our members to identify and advance practitioner-informed policies. Within Juvenile Justice, LSA has specific policy and advocacy goals related to Preventive Services and Youth Incarceration and Reentry.  Below, learn more about the legislative, administrative, and regulatory actions we support. 

Preventive Services

Children and youth should have access to early intervention and preventive services that reduce detention and incarceration. Specifically, LSA supports:

  • Second Chance Reauthorization Act (S. 1513, H.R. 4306)
  • Runaway and Homeless Youth and Trafficking Prevention Act (S. 262, H.R. 1779)
  • Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Reauthorization Act of 2015 (S. 1169, H.R. 2728)

Youth Incarceration and Reentry

Youth involved with the criminal justice system should have access to the services they need to successfully transition from system supervision to a crime-free, productive, and healthy life in the community. Specifically, LSA supports:

  • Second Chance Reauthorization Act (S. 1513, H.R. 4306)
  • Runaway and Homeless Youth and Trafficking Prevention Act (S. 262, H.R. 1779)
  • Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Reauthorization Act of 2015 (S. 1169, H.R. 2728)
  • Comprehensive Justice and Mental Health Act (S. 993, H.R. 1854)

LSA is committed to improving outcomes for children, youth, families, and communities.  We will work with our members, policymakers, stakeholders, and other national partners to advocate for our practitioner-informed programmatic and solutions-based policy goals. Contact LSA’s Director of Public Policy and Advocacy, Lindsey Copeland, to learn more about LSA policy and advocacy.