ECS Issues Briefing
“No Throwaway Kids: #150YearsIsEnough”
Presenter: Ashanti Jones, NJ Institute for Social Justice
Nov. 20, 10:00 a.m.
Register Now: https://bit.ly/ECSJuvenileJustice
Ms. Jones will talk about NJ’s history of youth prisons and how New Jersey operates the country’s most racially disparate, wasteful and antiquated youth incarceration system. The #150YearsIsEnoughCampaign is a direct response to this inherently harmful system. Learn about the proposed alternatives, the strides NJISJ has been able to take, and look forward to taking in the near future.
As a masters level policy and planning social worker, Ms. Jones empowers communities to seek systems level change to reduce the impact of inequitable social institutions on people’s everyday life. A passionate advocate for mitigating adverse childhood experiences, slowing the school to prison pipeline and overall abolition, her work is rooted in African studies, social work pedagogy and psychology. Ms. Jones currently works as the 150 Years is Enough Campaign Manager at the New Jersey Institute for Social Justice – working in tandem with communities and decision makers to close New Jersey’s youth prisons and establish a community based continuum of care that priorities youth and reduces our reliance on incarceration. She is also a professor of Africana Studies at William Paterson University and a doctoral candidate at Walden University.
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