Representative Sheila Jackson Lee

Representing the 18th District of TEXAS

Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee Applauds House Passage of H.R. 68 - The Tiffany Joslyn Juvenile Accountability Block Grant Reauthorization Act

Oct 3, 2018
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Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee Applauds House Passage of H.R. 68 - The Tiffany Joslyn Juvenile Accountability Block Grant Reauthorization Act

 

Jackson Lee – “This is an important piece of legislation and the need for it is compelling.  Each day an estimated 160,000 students in this country refuse to go to school because they fear being bullied by their peers, and many more attend school in a chronic state of anxiety and depression.  In addition, six out of ten American youth witness bullying at least once a day, and nearly 30 percent — or 5.7 million children — are involved in bullying as victims, perpetrators, or both.”

 

Washington, DC – Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee, a senior member of the House Committees on Judiciary and Homeland Security, Ranking Member of the Judiciary Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism, Homeland Security and Investigations, and Member of the House Budget Committee, issued the following statement on House passage of H.R. 68, the Tiffany Joslyn Juvenile Accountability Block Grant Reauthorization Act:

 

“I am pleased that the House of Representatives has passed H.R. 68, the Tiffany Joslyn Juvenile Accountability Block Grant Reauthorization and I urge my colleagues in the Senate to swiftly pass this measure.  This is an important piece of legislation and the need for it is compelling.  Each day an estimated 160,000 students in this country refuse to go to school because they fear being bullied by their peers, and many more attend school in a chronic state of anxiety and depression.  In addition, six out of ten American youth witness bullying at least once a day, and nearly 30 percent — or 5.7 million children — are involved in bullying as victims, perpetrators, or both. One out of seven students in Grades K-12 is either a bully or a victim of bullying.  The numbers do not stop there: 90% of 4th to 8th Grade Students report being victims of bullying of some type; 56% of students have personally witnessed some type of bullying at school; 71% of students report incidents of bullying as a problem at their school; 87% of youth said shootings are motivated by a desire to "get back at those who have hurt them; and, 86% stated that "other kids picking on them, making fun of them or bullying them" causes teenagers to turn to lethal violence in the schools.

 

“This bill did not occur by itself—it was the product of many efforts to pass, over many Congresses.  It was the product of a compromise piece of legislation which also advances the cause of combatting human trafficking.  I am appreciative of and thank the Chairman of House Judiciary Committee and our respective staffs for recognizing the virtues of this legislation and working towards passage in the House.”

 

“Specifically, this bill makes positive steps toward reform in juvenile justice.  It targets bullying and bullying prevention.  This bill reauthorizes the award of grants to consider this problem in the amount of $30 million for one year.  Moreover, this bill subjects grants to accountability measures: the Office of Inspector General in the Department of Justice (DOJ) must conduct annual audits of selected grant recipients and the Department of Justice must submit an annual certification to Congress and identify and report on duplicative grant awards.  This bill is a fitting memorial to a talented, committed and idealistic young lawyer who cared passionately about fixing a broken criminal justice system so that it is fair for all.  Tiffany Joslyn was a warrior for criminal justice reform, and cared much about the vulnerabilities and issues facing communities of color, and where they intersect with the criminal justice system.  I applaud House passage of H.R. 68 and urge my colleagues in the Senate to do so.”

 

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Sheila Jackson Lee, a Democrat representing the 18th Congressional District of Texas, is a senior member of the House Committees on Judiciary, Homeland Security and the Budget. She is a Ranking Member of the Judiciary Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism, Homeland Security, and Investigations.