Congresswoman Susan Davis Moves to Strengthen and Improve Juvenile Justice System

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Washington, DC, September 22, 2016 | comments

Congresswoman Susan Davis (D-San Diego) supported House legislation to help state and local leaders reduce juvenile crime with programs that will better serve at-risk and youth offenders.  Davis is an original cosponsor of the Supporting Youth Opportunity and Preventing Delinquency Act, which passed the House.

“This is a strong bipartisan bill that supports the proven approaches many states are taking to direct young people toward prevention programs,” said Rep. Davis, a senior member of the House Committee on Education and the Workforce. “It sends the message to those working very hard in these fields that we are listening and are working to direct resources in the proper way.”

Davis was particularly supportive of changes in how victims of sex trafficking are treated. When entering the justice system, many victims are finding themselves treated more like criminals. The bill looks at alternatives to detention for minors who are victims of sex trafficking.

Read a fact sheet on the Supporting Youth Opportunities and Preventing Delinquency Act.

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