NJ creates pilot program to help youth offenders from repeating past mistakes

A new state program will aim to help youth offenders from being repeat offenders.

News 12 Staff

Aug 12, 2021, 12:57 AM

Updated 982 days ago

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A new state program will aim to help youth offenders from being repeat offenders.
Acting Gov. Shelia Oliver authorized the two-year pilot program at a bill signing on Wednesday.
The law creates reentry services for things like employment assistance and an expansion of conflict resolution spaces in the state.
"The $450,000 per individual that is saved when youth prisons close can now be earmarked for community juvenile services and not targeted for other areas that do not assist our youth and underserved communities,” says Democratic state Assemblywoman Verlina Reynolds-Jackson. “The signing of this bill into law is a great first response."
The $8.4 million pilot program will be set up in Camden, Newark, Paterson and Trenton.


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