Contrary to popular belief, legal actions against minors in which the result is incarceration have drastically decreased in the last few decades. This decrease is a result of focused efforts by New Jersey’s law enforcement divisions and the court system at large. In 2004, New Jersey was among the first states to enact a Juvenile Detention Alternative Initiative (JDAI) in order to help decrease the number of juveniles convicted and behind bars.
From 1993 to 2002, juvenile arrests in New Jersey for the most serious crimes decreased by 44.8 percent and for all other crimes by 24.7 percent. During this same period, though, juvenile rates of detention increased by 37.7 percent (leading to detention facilities in the state operating at 166-percent capacity). This increase prompted the implementation of the JDAI program. The result has been fewer incarcerations, usually used only for the most serious juvenile offenders and those who are repeat offenders (full article can be viewed here).
But even though the law has become more efficient in providing alternatives to incarceration for juveniles and minors, the need for an effective and determined defense attorney is as important as it has ever been. If you or your child has been accused of an offense and is a juvenile or minor, call 732-247-3340 or e-mail New Jersey defense attorneys at Jack Venturi Law today.