Second Chance Justice Package Reintroduced to Reform Juvenile Justice System

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator Cory Booker (D-NJ) and U.S. Representatives Tony Cárdenas (D-CA) and Sydney Kamlager-Dove (D-CA) have reintroduced a comprehensive legislative package aiming to reform the United States’ criminal and juvenile justice system. The bicameral Second Chance for Justice Package is designed to address issues including youth incarceration, inadequate education and healthcare, and the disproportionate representation of special needs, low-income, LGBTQ+, Black, and Latino children in the juvenile justice system.

The package comprises three bills. The Protecting Miranda Rights for Kids Act will safeguard children’s Constitutional Rights during police interactions. The Community-Based Gang Intervention Act will help provide funding for initiatives to prevent youth from entering the prison system. Lastly, the Eliminating Debtor’s Prison for Kids Act will incentivize states to stop collecting harmful juvenile fines and fees.

The legislators believe that by offering community-based supports and addressing systemic issues, they can provide at-risk youth with a better future. The package is endorsed by numerous organizations including the Juvenile Law Center, Brennan Center, and The Sentencing Project.