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 services, systems, and solutions. But what exactly will that look like?

Join our webinar to learn about our proposed shift from the state’s current punitive youth justice system to a restorative and transformative justice model, and how this model was informed by our travels across the state, asking residents from six urban communities what they thought.

We asked residents, “What would it take to build a youth-centered community-based system of care from the ground up based on restorative and transformative justice practices?” – and we got amazing feedback, informed by local and national best practices.

Questions and Answers will follow the presentation.

Learning Objectives

  1. Discuss the origins of the justice system rooted in theology.
  2. Describe the shift from the current punitive justice system to a restorative – transformative justice model.
  3. Share a community-focused theory of change and restorative – transformative justice framework.
  4. Review policy recommendations.

Rev. Dr. Charles F. Boyer, MBA, PhD, Pastor, Bethel A.M.E Church, Woodbury NJ., Founder and Director, Salvation and Social Justice

Retha Onitiri, MS, PMP, Director of Community Engagement, New Jersey Institute for Social Justice


June 27, 2019 at 2:00pm - 3pm