House Education Committee Backs Bill to Overhaul Federal Juvenile-Justice Law
The House education committee unanimously backed a bill to change policies and practices governing juvenile-justice and at-risk youth and reported it favorably to the full House of Representatives for consideration.
The Supporting Youth Opportunity and Preventing Delinquency Act of 2016, if approved, would become the newest version of the Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Act. First passed in 1974, the law governs juvenile-justice and delinquency programs, as well as research and technical assistance for those efforts.
The billl was introduced by Rep. Carlos Curbelo, R-Fla., and had the support of the leading two members of the education panel, Rep. John Kline, R-Minn, the committee chairman, and Rep. Bobby Scott of Virginia, the top Democrat.