NJ Parents Caucus is a coalition of parents, caregivers and youth whose mission is to ensure that every family who has children with special emotional and behavioral needs is given an opportunity to play a strong and active role in the conceptualization, development and delivery of effective and timely services within the mental health, juvenile justice and child welfare systems.
Primary Contact Name: Kathy Wright
Bill Number: SB 2003 – WIN!
Type of Reform
Transfer Reform - increases minimum age of adult prosecution to 15 from 14. Limits transfer and incarceration of all minors to most serious & violent crimes (before, this only applied to youth under 16.) Third, prosecutors must submit written analysis on the reasons for transfer, which is granted by judge. Limits segregation use.
Bring Our Children Home: Ain't I A Child?
“Kids will be kids.” For many, this age-old adage reminds us of the follies of youth and the inevitable mishaps that accompany the journey into adulthood as we discover who we are and our place in the world. This saying also reminds us that children are not adults. As such, children should be treated differently, with room to grow and learn from their mistakes. But, for far too many children here in New Jersey and across the country, this axiom comes with a caveat: kids will be kids... unless they are Black or brown.
The Incarceration of Children & Youth in New Jersey’s Adult Prison System
The Incarceration of Children & Youth in New Jersey’s Adult Prison System report (2015) gathers and analyzes comprehensive state data from the New Jersey Department of Corrections (NJ DOC) on 472 children tried, sentenced, and incarcerated in the adult prison system.
Kids Count Special Report: Juvenile Justice
This 2012 report aims to measure change in New Jersey’s treatment of young offenders.