The New Jersey Institute for Social Justice (NJISJ) is requesting organizations/congregations and/or individuals to support introduced State legislation that will move NJ towards a more compassionate and equitable youth justice system.According to the Institute, New Jersey has the highest Black to white youth incarceration racial disparity rate in the country. In the Garden State, a Black youth is 21 times more likely to be detained or committed to a youth facility than white youth even through research show they commit most offenses at similar rates.
The Restorative and Transformative Justice for Youths and Communities Pilot Program bill (A6663 | S2924) is a way to implement part of the plan to transform the youth justice system in NJ spearheaded in part by NJISJ. From the bill: “The purpose of the pilot program is to develop innovative restorative and transformative justice continuums of care in four target cities that include two components: community-based enhanced reentry wraparound services and restorative justice hubs. The pilot program shall be established in the municipalities of Camden, Newark, Paterson, and Trenton.”
Your organization or congregation can sign onto this letter which will go to Governor Murphy and legislative leaders. Your group or individuals can also contact local State legislators through this link: NJ’s Youth Need Support (p2a.co) which has an already composed letter or you can go directly to the NJ Legislature site to reach your legislators and compose your own message.
YOUR SIGNATURE IS DUE BY 2PM ON MONDAY, FEBRUARY 15TH. It will be delivered to the above officials by 5pm that same day.
If you have any questions, please contact Retha Onitiri at firstname.lastname@example.org.