Sep 22, 2016 Issues: Economy and Jobs, Education


Washington, D.C. – Today, H.R. 5963, the Supporting Youth Opportunity and Preventing Delinquency Act of 2016, passed the House after Rep. Todd Rokita spoke on the House of Representatives floor in support of the measure.  The bill, which originated in the K-12 Education Subcommittee of which Rep. Rokita is the Chairman, passed by a vote of 382 to 29.


“There are approximately 2 million children involved in our juvenile justice system, with many more at risk of entering it.  As a young attorney, a good deal of my efforts concerned at-risk youth.  I saw firsthand the effects that the system can have on these kids’ lives and futures, and how many children would come out of the system more hardened criminals.  That is why I support this measure which provides programs to assist our country’s most vulnerable.  This is an issue upon which all Americans can agree, and this bipartisan bill gives millions of American youth hope for a brighter future.” said Rep. Rokita.


Lafayette Chief of Police Patrick Flannelly has also voiced support of the bill, stating “Law enforcement leaders across the country pushed for updated legislation for juveniles because, ultimately, it means fewer young people on the path to adult crime and prison.  Congressman Rokita and the House Education & Workforce Committee unanimously backed the Supporting Youth Opportunity and Delinquency Prevention Act, last week, and law enforcement leaders nationwide, including myself, are hopeful it passes with strong support through the full House of Representatives.  Updated legislation will better target federal funding to community-based coaching programs for troubled youth - programs that I have seen firsthand working well here in Lafayette."


H.R. 5963 would reauthorize the Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Act while also including important reforms to direct resources to programs with proven track records, improve program accountability, and provide state and local leaders with increased flexibility to assist children in their communities. 


You can watch Rep. Rokita’s speech HERE