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Two-Minute Advocacy Ask

Because the vast majority of their coalition partners are service providers, not advocates, it’s up to Voices for Georgia’s Children to make advocating as simple and straightforward as possible.

That’s why they came up with the Two Minute Advocate Ask, a standardized, easy-to-grasp overview of the issue at hand and the position that best serves child welfare. This email was originally sent out in the midst of fast-moving legislative activity, and helped sway the senate appropriations committee to reinstate funding for juvenile justice reforms.

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Contact Senator Saxby Chambliss and Senator Johnny Isakson and tell them to restore the juvenile justice funding that the House removed in the FY 14 Commerce-Justice-Science (CJS) appropriations bill.
The Commerce-Justice-Science (CJS) appropriations bill provides federal funding to support state juvenile justice systems and reforms. This funding is critical to implementing policies and practices that keep youth out of the justice system and help states decrease the number of youth incarcerated.  
The House Appropriations Committee has already cut juvenile justice funding in its version of the CJS appropriations bill.  This bill proposes additional cuts to the Juvenile Justice Delinquency Prevention Act (JJDPA) Title II funding and zeros out funding for other critical juvenile justice programs.

The Senate Appropriations Committee is expected to take up its bill next Tuesday, July 16th.
 
The National Juvenile Justice Network, of which JUSTGeorgia (led by Voices for Georgia’s Children, the Barton Center at Emory, and Georgia Appleseed) is a member, recommends that Congress appropriate the following amounts for these necessary programs:
 

  • $80 million for the JJDPA Title II State Formula Grants Program.
  • $65 million for the JJDPA Title V Delinquency Prevention Program with no earmarks.  
  • $30 million for Juvenile Accountability Block Grant (JABG) Program.

Restore Juvenile Justice dollars to the FY 14 Commerce-Justice-Science appropriations bill. This bill provides federal funding to support state juvenile justice systems and reforms.  Child advocates across Georgia supported the excellent work of the Governor, his Criminal Justice Reform Council and the Georgia General Assembly to reduce ineffective incarceration in Georgia with the passage of the state’s Juvenile Justice Reform Act this year.  We want to be sure that federal funding is in place to support such good policies in our state and in others. This funding is critical to keeping youth out of the justice system and in places where they have the chance to grow into productive adults.

**Paste this message into the contact box provided when you click your officials name below:

Senator Saxby Chambliss (R-GA)

 

Senator Johnny Isakson (R-GA)

 

 

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