Missed Opportunities: Youth Diversionary Programs in New Jersey, An ACLU-NJ Report
Diversionary programs for children are a critical but underutilized tool for ending mass incarceration. Rather than arresting New Jersey’s children for offenses like breaking curfew, loitering, or trespassing, officers can give children opportunities to avoid a record through two different types of diversionary programs: curbside warnings and stationhouse adjustments.
Did you know: if your child gets in trouble with the law, police don't have to arrest them?
Every kid arrested for status offenses, like curfew violations or running away, or for low-level offenses — such as disorderly conduct, loitering, trespassing, or other ordinance violations — represents a missed opportunity to reduce children’s contact with the juvenile justice system.
Take a look at the one-page guide – especially intended for parents and guardian – in PDF format.
Maps: Stationhouse Adjustments Across the State, 2014-2016
Based on public records responses from 17 of New Jersey’s 21 counties, these maps visualize the geographic distribution of stationhouse adjustments across the state.