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2019 Report on Criminal Justice Reform - New Jersey 

10-06-2020 04:05 PM

The third annual report on the impact of the New Jersey's criminal justice reform shows that the jail population continues to decline, decreasing 6.4 percent from 2018 to 2019, while the majority of people who are released return to court without being charged with new criminal activity. Sixty-five percent of people who are detained are faced with first-degree charges, such as homicide, aggravated sexual assault or serious weapons charges, or second-degree charges, such as robbery or aggravated arson. The racial proportions of the jail population remain similar to the population in 2012; in 2012, the jail population was 54% Black, 28% white, and 18% Hispanic, and in 2019, the jail population was 55% Black, 29% white, and 16 percent Hispanic.

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