Grassley comments on House proposal to eliminate juvenile justice intervention funding

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Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley of Iowa today released the following statement regarding a proposal being marked up Thursday by the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Commerce, Justice and Science that would eliminate funding for juvenile justice intervention programs.

“Juvenile justice intervention programs are important tools to help local communities serve and protect at-risk youth who come into contact with the criminal justice system. It’s discouraging to see that funding for these important programs is not included in the House Appropriations subcommittee’s markup proposal.  In the Senate, I’ve worked with a bipartisan group of senators to introduce legislation reauthorizing and updating these juvenile justice programs, which already have experienced past funding cuts.  My colleagues in the House should recognize the need to adequately equip our communities with tools to respond to youth who have brushes with the law. These are kids who need help, and it’s unreasonable to leave these programs out of the picture altogether,” Grassley said.

Grassley recently introduced bipartisan legislation reauthorizing juvenile justice programs.  The bill updates longstanding programs aimed at serving and protecting youth who come into contact with the criminal justice system, and provides additional accountability measures to ensure program funding is being used to help the most kids.