Treating Youth as Youth in New Jersey’s Juvenile Justice System: A Community Call to Action

July 13, 2015

The New Jersey Parents Caucus and Drew University will be holding a full day conference for parents, caregivers, professionals, providers, legislators and other interested stakeholders in ensuring New Jersey youth who come in contact with the juvenile justice system are treated as youth. 


  • Treating Youth as Youth in New Jersey’s Juvenile Justice System: A Community Call to Action
    DATE:  Saturday, August 8, 2015
    TIME:   9AM – 5PM
    COST:  Free
    For more information, contact Delaney at 908-994-7471 / email: /

The conference agenda will include: 

9AM – Welcome & Introductions
Dr. Elias Ortega-Aponte, Drew University, Linda McConneyhead, New Jersey Parents Caucus

9:15AM – Keynote Speaker
Theodore Shaw, Community Advocate, Southern Poverty Law Center

10:30AM – NJPC Youth Coalition Panel/Q&A
David Crosby, Brett Sansing, Devante Maloney, Karlee Frazier, Jose Rosario, Dallas Crosby

11:30PM – NJ Strategy on Reforming the Juvenile Justice System
Alyson Clements, State Strategist, National Juvenile Justice Network

12:30PM – Lunch

1:30PM – Children & Youth Treated Unfairly in New Jersey’s Adult  Prison System

The Incarceration of Children & Youth in New Jersey’s Adult Prison System Data Brief
Kathy Wright, New Jersey Parents Caucus

Afternoon roundtables

  • Solitary Confinement & Isolation
  • Youth with Mental Health Challenges & the Juvenile Justice System
  • Education of Incarcerated Youth
  • Immigration Issues & the Juvenile Justice System
  • Racial & Ethnic Disparities
  • Federal & State Legislative Policy
  • Faith-based Community & Juvenile Justice Reform
  • Youth Incarcerated in the Adult Prison System
  • Family & Youth Engagement

4:45PM – Next Steps & Closing

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