Goal: To ensure all youth forge a productive path to adulthood.
Juvenile justice has been one of ACNJ’s key issues since its founding in 1978. Through various avenues, ACNJ has advocated for safe alternatives to incarceration for troubled youth and improved conditions for youth who must be confined. We work to expand understanding of policies and practices that can put these youth on a path to productive adulthood -- a result that is good for both youth and the state.
Executive Director Cecilia Zalkind currently serves on a statewide panel devoted to identifying and advancing solutions to systemic problems in the juvenile justice system.
In November of 2012, ACNJ released a report that examined New Jersey's successful efforts to reduce the numbers of juveniles in county detention.
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