Thank Gov. Christie for signing juvenile justice reform bill.
The reforms signed into law by Governor Christie yesterday will continue to make New Jersey's juvenile justice system smarter and safer. The bill
- eliminates the use of solitary confinement as a disciplinary measure in juvenile facilities and detention centers, and places time limits on the use of solitary confinement for reasons other than punishment, such as safety concerns.
- increases the age a juvenile can be “waived” into adult court, from 14 to 15 and narrowed the list of applicable offenses. Sentences for youth waived to adult court may still be served in a youth facility until the age of 21 and the youth may remain there beyond that time at the discretion of the Commission.
- requires the Juvenile Justice Commission to collect and publish data.
Thank Gov. Christie for taking an important step forward for youth in NJ.