Criminal Justice Reform

Criminal Justice Reform


From policing to closing New Jersey’s youth prisons, we seek to end criminal justice policies that result in the criminalization of communities of color, racial injustice and mass incarceration.


The Institute believes there are no throwaway kids. Read the Institute's position statement on youth justice transformation. Learn about our 150 Years is Enough campaign to transform youth justice in New Jersey. Learn about our vision for what comes after youth prisons.


The Institute is on the Independent Monitoring Team overseeing implementation of the Department of Justice Consent Decree with Newark for police reform. Read the Institute's position statement on policing. Read our toolkit about how you can get involved in the Consent Decree process and where it stands. Learn more about the Institute’s work to transform policing.


The Institute's Brooke Lewis delivered powerful testimony on policing in New Jersey. You can read it here, or find it at 6:30:45 on video. Read Brooke's testimony on the need for strong CCRBs.


Read our short brief on the need for a statewide First Amendment policy to reaffirm the community's right to record police encounters.


Read our report, Refunding Communities, to discover a pathway forward to real public safety in New Jersey.


Read President and CEO Ryan Haygood's testimony on the need to reform jury selection and other practices in the New Jersey court system.

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Contact the New Jersey Institute for Social Justice at [email protected] to find out how you can get involved and help end the criminalization of communities of color.