Civil Rights Groups In New Jersey Say ‘Youth Prisons Are a New Form of Slavery’ and Should Be Abolished

The New Jersey Training School for Boys has been a youth incarceration center for 150 years and is the state of New Jersey’s largest prison for juveniles. Known as “Jamesburg,” the correctional facility in Monroe Township, N.J., first opened its doors on June 28, 1867, and today houses about 200 boys.

But on Jamesburg’s 150th birthday, a coalition of more than 40 civil rights activists, including the New Jersey Institute for Social Justice, the NAACP, the ACLU of New Jersey and members of the clergy, launched a campaign to close the youth prison as well as its counterpart for girls, the Female Secure Care and Intake Facility.

More eyes being fixed on Volusia-Flagler juveniles on probation

DAYTONA BEACH — It’s getting more difficult for a select group of young people on probation to elude the watchful eyes of law enforcement in Volusia and Flagler counties.

Smartphones are a part of the reason, but so is a new deal with the state that has Volusia County sheriff’s deputies joining Daytona Beach police officers in keeping track of juvenile offenders.