Tuesday, September 4, 2018
Christie’s plan to close the home, called the failed youth prison, was hailed by Ryan P. Haygood, president and CEO of the New Jersey Institute for Social Justice, as being one of the most significant youth justice reforms in 150 years. The State Of New Jersey tells us that the Jamesburg facility is the state's largest, housing about 200 male teenagers. It is a secure facility with a state of the art perimeter fence and 24-hour armed, roving patrol. The average age of the residents is between 16 and 18 years. Once in awhile public opinion sways politicians to do the right thing. This, apparently, was one of those times.