The directive outlines five approaches available to police officers and prosecutors to divert youth from the juvenile justice system and limit the likelihood of unnecessary detention.
Category: Juvenile Justice
The law will immediately eliminate some of the fines and financial penalties imposed on youth involved in the juvenile justice system and reduce reliance on medically dangerous congregate care settings for young people.
This is a huge step forward to build on gains in juvenile justice reform across New Jersey, providing youth with the second chance they deserve.
Summer intern Kate Evans surveyed 100 stakeholders throughout New Jersey who are involved in the juvenile justice system. Using these data, she analyses our successes, and ways we can improve.
New Jersey has taken steps towards juvenile justice reform that gained us national recognition. However, more work needs to be done before we can truly have a therapeutic, supportive and equitable juvenile justice system.