House panel approves juvenile justice reform bill

House panel approves juvenile justice reform bill
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A House panel on Wednesday unanimously approved legislation to reform juvenile justice systems across the country.

The House Committee on Education and the Workforce voted to send the Supporting Youth Opportunity and Preventing Delinquency Act of 2016 to the full House for consideration.


The bill introduced by Rep. Carlos Curbelo (R-Fla.) and co-sponsored by Ranking Member Bobby ScottRobert (Bobby) Cortez ScottThis week: House impeachment inquiry hits crucial stretch Overnight Health Care: House to vote next week on drug prices bill | Conway says Trump trying to find 'balance' on youth vaping | US spent trillion on hospitals in 2018 House to vote next week on sweeping bill to lower drug prices MORE (D-Va.) would update and reauthorize the Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Act of 1974.

The bill aims for a number of reforms, including giving local authorities more flexibility to deal with juvenile justice issues.

The legislation also looks to help young people as they transition out of the juvenile justice system and ensure they have access to education and other services.

Curbelo said the bill would help set young people up for long-term success while improving oversight and accountability.

"These reforms will help more children acquire the skills and the knowledge to hold themselves accountable for their actions, grow into productive members of society and seize opportunities to work toward a brighter future," Curbelo said.

The bill had broad bipartisan support, with Dem Rep. Frederica WilsonFrederica Patricia WilsonBlack lawmakers condemn Trump's 'lynching' remarks Ten notable Democrats who do not favor impeachment Assault weapons ban picks up steam in Congress MORE (Fla.) calling it “a validation of my life’s work.”

Wilson said she hopes “states take [this] seriously and abide by [it].”

It's unclear if the bill will be taken up by the full House this year, with lawmakers focused on passing funding legislation by the end of the month and the November elections looming.

Senate Judiciary Chairman Chuck GrassleyCharles (Chuck) Ernest GrassleyLighthizer starts GOP charm offensive on Trump trade deal Bottom line Graham: FBI investigation in 2016 turned into a 'criminal conspiracy' MORE (R-Iowa) is working to push a similar juvenile justice measure in the upper chamber.

Despite the odds, Rep. Scott said he was confident that “we can get this bill on the president’s desk in a few weeks.”