Juvenile Justice

Making a Difference for Incarcerated Youth

October 20, 2014 Young people incarcerated in New Jersey’s juvenile correctional institutions have, historically, been treated as statistics. From being subject to unduly harsh punishments to being denied access to lawyers to advise them of their rights, youth have been…

Author Argues Against Juvenile Incarceration

June 9, 2014 If it costs $88,000 per year to incarcerate one young person for one year, it’s worth asking the question, “what’s the return on investment?”  The question is one of many author Nell Bernstein asks – and attempts…

New York Times: Solitary Confinement Needs to Go

June 9, 2014 The New York Times editorial board this week argues that “solitary confinement […] is especially damaging for children” and solitary policies must change to as to “humaniz[e] juvenile detention.”  Scroll down for the full editorial and be…

Juvenile Justice: R.T.’s Story

March 20, 2014 The following is a client narrative from the Post-Disposition Advocacy Project (“the Clinic”). For more on this important issue, click here. R.T., age 17, was involved in a fight with another resident at the Juvenile Medium Secure…

Juvenile Justice: Q.D.’s Story

March 20, 2014 The following is a client narrative from the Post-Disposition Advocacy Project (“the Clinic”). For more on this important issue, click the “Juvenile Justice” tag below. Q.D., age 19, while in custody of the Juvenile Justice Commission, was…

Juvenile Justice: L.B.’s Story

March 20, 2014 The following is a client narrative from the Post-Disposition Advocacy Project (“the Clinic”).  For more on this important issue, click the “Juvenile Justice” tag below.  L.B., age 18, is a special education child with a below 80…