During House Floor Debate, Curbelo Expresses Support for Juvenile Justice Reform Act

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Washington, D.C., May 23, 2017 | Joanna Rodriguez (202-225-2778) | comments

As the House debates the Juvenile Justice Reform Act of 2017 on the House floor today, Representative Carlos Curbelo (FL-26) joined his colleagues to express his support of the legislation, of which he is a co-sponsor, that would reauthorize and improve current law and put more kids on the pathway to success.

Curbelo previously introduced similar legislation in the 114th Congress, which passed the House in September 2016.

A transcript of Curbelo’s remarks is below. A video of the full speech is available here.

U.S. Representative Carlos Curbelo
Washington, D.C.
May 23, 2017

Representative Carlos Curbelo: “Thank you, Congressman Lewis, and thank you for your work on this important legislation. I also thank the ranking member, Mr. Scott, who I had the pleasure of working with on this same cause last year. And this year, of course, I’m proud to be a co-sponsor of this bill.

“As a former member of the Education and Workforce Committee this was and remains one of my priorities as I believe this re-authorization can help us achieve our anti-poverty goals here in the U.S. House. 

“The Juvenile Justice Reform Act of 2017 will help set kids up for success that is long-term so they are not caught up in a system that puts them on a path where failure is inevitable. This bill includes reforms that will help juveniles transition out of the system through community-based services and education. It also ensures that stakeholders can offer their expertise in order to best serve this population, while also supporting prevention services to keep kids on the right track. Another important thing to note is that this bill prioritizes evidence-based strategies to reduce juvenile delinquency directing necessary resources to what actually works. 

“Everyone deserves a chance to improve their circumstances. Many kids who end up in the juvenile justice system are the most vulnerable in our communities. These kids and the stakeholders and policymakers who support them need the flexibility and tools to effectively serve them. I believe this legislation is a step in the right direction, and I encourage all of my colleagues to vote in favor of it.

“I appreciate the work that the Education and Workforce Committee has done to help at-risk youth get on a path to a brighter future. 

“Thank you and I yield back the balance of my time.”

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