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April 7, 2005

Office of The Attorney General
- Peter C. Harvey, Attorney General
Juvenile Justice Commission
- Howard L. Beyer, Executive Director


Sharon Lauchaire


New Jersey Juvenile Justice Commission Hosts Statewide Juvenile Detention Alternatives Conference

>> April 7th and 8th conference schedule

PRINCETON -The New Jersey Juvenile Justice Commission will host a statewide conference on April 7 and 8, 2005 at the Westin Princeton at Forrestal Village in Princeton that focuses on creating alternatives to the placement of youth in detention centers. Over 130 people are registered to attend. A listing of presentations that are open to the press follows.

In April 2004, New Jersey became an official replication site for the Annie E. Casey Foundation’s Juvenile Detention Alternatives Initiative (JDAI) and was awarded $200,000 by the Foundation. The conference is made possible through that grant. JDAI was created by the Annie E. Casey Foundation ten years ago, and has as its overall goal, the reduction of detention center populations while maintaining public safety and court appearance rates. Members of each County JDAI Steering Committee, as well as State Steering Committee members will be in attendance. The conference is meant to draw all key leaders working on the JDAI in New Jersey together to share accomplishments and discuss further improvements with experts from around the country who have achieved success through the JDAI.

“Due to the Juvenile Detention Alternatives Initiative, New Jersey has already experienced significant success in reducing the number of juveniles inappropriately placed in county detention centers in the counties participating in JDAI,” said Howard L. Beyer, Executive Director, Juvenile Justice Commission. “By working together with all of partners in the juvenile justice system, we will continue to examine and improve our juvenile justice system.”

New Jersey’s Juvenile Detention Alternatives Initiative is currently being piloted in five counties: Atlantic, Camden, Essex, Hudson and Monmouth. The Initiative is led by the New Jersey Juvenile Justice Commission, in partnership with a State Steering Committee with membership from the Attorney General’s Office (including Police and Prosecutors), the Judiciary (including Administration, Judges and Probation), the Department of Human Services, the Public Defenders Office, the Office of the Child Advocate, the Office of Education, County Administration representatives, County Youth Services Commission representatives, the New Jersey Juvenile Detention Association, the Governor’s Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Committee and the Institute for Social Justice.

Press is invited to attend the following sessions. Working sessions are not open to the press.

Conference Schedule

Thursday, April 7

9:00 a.m.
A presentation by residents of the JJC’s Vorrhees Residential Community Home.

Welcome remarks:
Howard L. Beyer, Executive Director, Juvenile Justice Commission
Honorable Philip Carchman, Administrative Director, Administrative Office of the Courts, NJ
Paul DeMuro, Consultant, PD Associates
Lisa Macaluso, Director, Office of Local Programs and Services, JJC

“These are All Our Kids: Discussion of Minority Overrepresentation”
James Bell, Executive Director, W. Haywood Burns Institute, San Francisco, CA,
with introduction by Raquel Mariscal, Sr. Associate for Juvenile Justice, Annie E. Casey Foundation, Baltimore, MD

“Working with JDAI Strategies - New Jersey’s Approach”
Jennifer LeBaron, PhD., Senior Research Associate, JJC

“How Does NJ Fit into the National JDAI Movement?” - Lunch Presenation
Bart Lubow, Director, Program for High Risk Youth, Annie E. Casey Foundation, Baltimore, MD

Friday, April 8

“The Child Behavioral Health System” - Lunch Presentation
Kathi Way, Director, Child Behavioral Health Services, NJ NJ Department of Human Services
Kevin Ryan, Child Advocate, Office of the Child Advocate, NJ

For more information, please call 609-541-5054.

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