09 Jan: Vitale/Girtenti Measure To Establish Placement Guidelines For Less Serious Juvenile Offenders Receives Final Legislative Approval

TRENTON – A measure sponsored by Senators Joseph F. Vitale and John A. Girgenti that would revise the circumstances under which juveniles who have been arrested can be placed in county juvenile detention centers has received final legislative approval.

“There is something wrong when a kid who steals a bicycle is locked up beside a juvenile sex offender,” said Senator Vitale, D-Middlesex. “This measure would help find other placement for juvenile offenders who commit less serious crimes. These kids should be held responsible for their actions, but they shouldn’t be placed with kids who have been charged with committing more harsh offenses.”