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 […]

Patrick McCarthy, Former Annie E. Casey Foundation President, Joins Columbia Justice Lab

  The Columbia Justice Lab, a growing force in the movement to shift justice systems toward community solutions and away from corrections and incarceration, has added a big name from the philanthropic world to its roster. Patrick McCarthy, who recently retired as president of the Baltimore-based Annie E. Casey Foundation, will join the lab in his […]

Taxpayers spend more than 5 years of tuition at Princeton to imprison a child for a year. Expert says we need a better plan.

By Star-Ledger Guest Columnist Posted 5-29-2019 11:26AM By Paul DeMuro As the father of four children and seven grandchildren, I’ve seen firsthand youth’s needs for consistent support and guidance. We all have a role to play in making this a reality for all children. I have worked for nearly five decades to improve our country’s juvenile […]

New Jersey Becomes First State to Implement JDAI Statewide​

Read the original article on AECF.org New Jersey is the first state to expand the Annie E. Casey Foundation’s Juvenile Detention Alternatives Initiative® (JDAI) to every county, marking a major milestone for the initiative. Nearly 15 years of JDAI reforms throughout New Jersey have resulted in dramatically lowered juvenile detention populations and an increased array of detention […]

Rutgers University Newark To Offer “Minor in Youth Development & Juvenile Justice”

Rutgers University-Newark is offering a new interdisciplinary minor in Youth Development and Juvenile Justice. Students in this program will gain a broad and deep understanding of the factors affecting adjudicated youth, including social environments, individual development, and systemic issues in juvenile justice and the surrounding fields. Multidisciplinary course work draws from the School of Criminal […]