New Jersey Social Justice Institute gears up to combat youth incarceration with community help
by Brick City Live | June 13, 2017
On June 28th, the New Jersey Institute for Social Justice will launch a grassroots campaign to end what the called “New Jersey’s failed experiment of youth incarceration” by engaging in action to close Hayes and Jamesburg – the state’s girls’ youth prison and the largest youth prison for boys, respectively.
The campaign is timed to coincided with the opening of Jamesburg on June 28, 1867–150 years ago.
NJISJ reports that the current youth incarceration system is plagued by sharp racial disparities in addition to being grossly expensive–it costs more than $200,000 per year to incarcerate each child. Youth incarceration is doubly harmful, says NJISJ, in that it both hinders youth development and fails to contribute to public safety.
The campaign will urge New Jersey to transform its youth justice system by re-investing funds saved from closing Hayes and Jamesburg youth prisons into developing and strengthening community-based intervention, prevention, diversion, and alternatives-to-incarceration programming for youth. It will kick off at 1:30 p.m. on June 28th with a rally outside the New Jersey Training School for Boys (a.k.a. Jamesburg), located at Grace Hill Road in Monroe Township. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information, and stay tuned to NJISJ’s website and Twitter account for more details about the initiative.
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