EDISON, NJ– The Edison Police Department has received a $30,900 grant to deal with novice juvenile transgressors.
New Jersey Attorney General Gurbir S. Grewal and the Juvenile Justice Commission (JJC) revealed recently that 6 grants totaling $200,000 was to be offered to regional police and community-based organizations to motivate using stationhouse modification for at-risk youth.
Stationhouse modification is an alternative approach used by New Jersey authorities departments to handle first-time juvenile transgressors with minor offenses.
This funding was granted to authorities departments with high rates of juvenile arrests, specifically among youth of color.
According to information from the US Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, youth of color are at a higher risk of being incarcerated than whites. The detention rate for Black juvenile youth culprits surpassed the detention rate of other ethnic minorities.
The JJC told Patch it sees this program as a technique for minimizing racial disparity in the official juvenile justice system.
“Years of research shows that the long-lasting success of youths increases significantly if we can avoid them from formally going into the juvenile justice system. Behavioral change is more likely if youths are offered with immediate useful consequences for their choices, combined with community-based assistances,” Jennifer LeBaron, Ph.D., Acting Executive Director of the Juvenile Justice Commission, stated in a declaration.
The Edison Mentoring Children program, also referred to as E=MC, provides a six-week program for about 10 to 15 town youth in each session. The Edison authorities department collaborates with regional schools and organizations to reach out to youth and cultivate much better relationships.
Numerous activities take place at the authorities department, Edison High School and Family Support of Middlesex County. These activities are targeted at offering at-risk youth with mentorship and assistance.
Stationhouse adjustments allow small delinquency matters to be fixed in your area and beyond court. It provides social employees and officers a chance to resolve the causes of behavior and offer support to youth. Parents, guardians, or caregivers however should consent to the stationhouse modification process.
“New Jersey has become a nationwide design for lowering dependence on imprisonment and other out of home placements amongst youth with very little involvement in the juvenile justice system, but there is more to do,” said Grewal.