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Cryan Bill to Expand Union County Anti-Gang Program Statewide Released by Assembly Panel
Bill Would Boost Christopher’s Program Throughout New Jersey Program Named After Young Man Tortured and Killed by Gang Members
(TRENTON) – Legislation Assembly Democrat Joe Cryan sponsored to allow judges sentencing a delinquent juvenile to include the option of ordering participation in instruction in preventing gang and youth violence was released Thursday by an Assembly panel.
The bill (A-2692) would emulate Union County’s Christopher’s Program, which is a cooperative effort between the Superior Court, the Union County Probation Department and the Union County Human Services Department.
“This program works, so let’s expand it statewide to save taxpayer’s money, but most importantly, save lives,” said Cryan (D-Union). “We can either keep tossing young people into jail without guidance, or we can take sensible steps to rebuild lives and provide better futures. This is a smart idea, both fiscally and socially..."
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