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Anti-Racism

It is time for youth justice reformers to stop and take stock of how we pursue justice.

While we have recently made substantial reforms, significant racial disparities in the system persist.  These disparities are not random occurrences, but rather rooted in the history of our justice systems.  As such, our reform work is insufficient if we do not confront the racism inherent in the system.

We must and we will continue to pursue policies that shrink our system and make what remains fair and effective.  But we must also simultaneously pursue our work in anti-racist ways. There is no simple recipe for a transformed society; it’s a journey that we engage in individually and collectively.  Let's begin. 

Read more about why we have chosen this path forward. You can also listen to a brief message from Sarah Bryer about NJJN's anti-racist work.


NJJN is engaging in anti-racist work on a number of fronts, including:

Training and Resources

Our Policies

Leadership Development