Advocates Call for Change in Juvenile Justice System
Juvenile justice advocates at this two-day conference call the statistics alarming. In New Jersey, African-Americans and Latinos make up 87 percent of the juveniles “waived up” or tried as adults for certain crimes if a county prosecutor requests it and a judge approves it. If convicted, those juveniles serve sentences in adult prisons.
The Annie E. Casey Foundation says that approach handcuffs opportunities for smart solutions.