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July 10, 2014

Senators Booker, Paul Introduce REDEEM Act, Bipartisan Legislation to Improve Lives of Youth Involved With the Juvenile Justice System

posted by Juvenile Law Center

It’s a simple fact that kids make mistakes. Think back to what you did during your own adolescence: would you do the same today?

Unfortunately, when kids’ mistakes result in involvement with the justice system, the consequences can last for a lifetime. Juvenile records can throw up roadblocks to employment, housing, and higher education, substantially diminishing opportunities for young people to become productive members of their communities. At the same time, conditions such as solitary confinement and involvement in the adult criminal justice system can traumatize youth and make it even harder for them to succeed once they return home.    

New bi-partisan legislation introduced this week by Senators Corey Booker (D-NJ) and Rand Paul (R-Ky) aims to provide these youth some relief.

Tags:Ban the Box|Ending Solitary Confinement|Juvenile and Criminal Justice|Juvenile Records Expungement|Raise the Age|Reducing Transfers to the Adult System|Second Chances|State and Federal Legislation
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