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NJISJ 14th Annual Gala

June 19, 2019

It is hard to express the sense of pride and gratitude we felt at our Gala on June 13 when we looked around the room at a sea of faces who support our work and inspire us every day.

Fighting for a Faithful Census in New Jersey

June 10, 2019

The best way to stay engaged and engage your faith community about the 2020 Census is to sign up to be a Census Ambassador. Ambassadors are leaders who help spread the word about the census with support from Faith in Public Life.

New Findings Show Sharp Decline in Girls in Juvenile Justice System

June 07, 2019

While the overall share of girls arrested is decreasing, those in the system are still predominantly young girls of color.

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What Comes After Youth Prison Closure? A Community-Based System of Care based on Restorative and Transformative Practices

The 150 Years Is Enough Campaign, named to mark the year Jamesburg youth prison for boys opened in New Jersey, focuses on closing New Jersey’s youth prisons and reinvesting funds in community-based...

Given the significant challenges we face, we have only two options: to embrace chaos or embrace community. We choose community. Join us as we work to bend our neighborhoods toward the beloved community.


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