Juvenile Justice Delinquency Prevention Act (JJDPA)
Background and History
In 1899, PTA convention delegates passed their first resolution addressing the way youth were handled in the judicial system. The resolution called for an extension of juvenile courts and probation systems, a relatively new concept at the time. Previously, juveniles committing even minor offenses were locked up with adult offenders. By the early 1900s, as a result of advocacy efforts of PTA members and other child advocates, the majority of states had developed a juvenile court system separate from their adult court system in order to place a greater emphasis on rehabilitation...
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