I was in juvenile detention, so I know that locking up kids doesn’t work | Opinion

By Star-Ledger Guest Columnist By Krystal Seruya Two years ago this week, former Gov. Chris Christie announced the closure of two of New Jersey’s youth prisons. Two years later, they remain open. Based on my personal experience, this is unacceptable. I was what they call a dual-system kid. In the world of youth justice, that means […]

It should be easier to expunge minor crimes and give people a second chance, attorney says

By Star-Ledger Guest Columnist published 5-29-19 By Akil Roper Later this year, Pennsylvania will be the first state to implement a system of expungement and sealing of criminal records – that will require the court and law enforcement to expunge automatically certain arrest and conviction records without petitioners having to file a formal application. While other jurisdictions […]