New Jersey is a national leader in a rapidly advancing juvenile justice reform movement – Advocates for Children of New Jersey

Excerpt from News Release from Advocates for Children of New Jersey  https://wfc2.wiredforchange.com/o/8716/t/0/blastContent.jsp?email_blast_KEY=54592

“New Jersey is a national leader in a rapidly advancing juvenile justice reform movement. The state has successfully reduced its detention populations by 60 percent over the last 14 years, while safely addressing their needs in their communities.

Leaders from other states have looked to New Jersey as a model in the juvenile justice system. This success was achieved through county-based teams working in the statewide Juvenile Detention Alternatives Initiative (JDAI), which began in 2004 and supported by the Annie E. Casey Foundation To learn more, read ACNJ’s Special Kids Count Report: Juvenile Justice

As a result of JDAI, many of our state’s county detention centers have closed and consolidated with neighboring detention centers, resulting in millions of dollars in savings New Jersey Juvenile Detention Alternatives Initiative (JDAI) 2015 Annual Data Report, NJ Juvenile Justice Commission).

The research and data confirms that youth prisons should be closed. Using community-based alternatives will create more positive opportunities for juvenile offenders in New Jersey, leading to better outcomes and possible savings in taxpayer dollars.”