Getting to Zero

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WASHINGTON (Aug. 28, 2018) — With adult jails housing an increasing number of state prisoners, and the population within juvenile detention facilities shrinking, now is the time to reassess the way youth prosecuted as adults are incarcerated in America.  An overwhelming … Continued

NJPC New Jersey Youth Justice Initiative (NJYJI)

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NJPC New Jersey Youth Justice Initiative (NJYJI) is a grassroots family and youth-driven justice program, which seeks to improve outcomes for justice-involved youth and ensure leadership opportunities for youth and family members on all levels of decision making. NJYJI represents … Continued

Am I Going to Die in Prison?

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By Jamal Lewis, New Jersey Parents’ Caucus “Am I going to die in prison?”  I was arrested and charged with committing my offenses at the age of 16. I was transferred into the adult criminal justice system at the age … Continued

2017 NJJN Member Youth Justice Advances

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In 2017, NJJN members were at the forefront of advancing major youth justice reforms in states and localities around the country. In this snapshot, we highlight a sampling of primarily legislative initiatives that were signed into law in 2017 and … Continued

2015 State Legislative Sessions

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An Update on Nationwide Juvenile Justice Reforms to Protect Youth from the Adult Criminal Justice System In New Jersey, the Governor recently signed Senate Bill 2003. This bill includes numerous provisions that drastically improve juvenile justice in New Jersey. First, this … Continued

Senate Judiciary Committee Approves JJDPA Update

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WASHINGTON – A bipartisan bill that aims to strengthen protections for youth who enter the criminal justice system cleared a key congressional committee today. The Senate Judiciary Committee approved by voice vote the federal Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Reauthorization … Continued

Bipartisan consensus on strengthening federal law to reduce incarceration, make state juvenile justice systems more fair, improve public safety

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Youth, family and juvenile justice advocates endorse reintroduction of bill to support states efforts to improve their juvenile justice systems, protect kids, and build safer communities WASHINGTON, D.C. (April 30, 2015) – Juvenile justice advocates across the country applaud Senator Charles … Continued

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