Rutgers University-Newark Forum Asks: What Is the Future of Policing in the City of Newark?

Members of the Media Are Invited to Report on this Nov. 11 Event

On Nov. 11 the New Jersey Communities Forward’s Newark Conversation Starters, hosted by the School of Criminal Justice at Rutgers University-Newark, will bring together community members, leaders, law enforcement, and businesses to discuss police body cameras, civilian review for policing and  the Federal Consent Decree in the City of Newark.  Following this discussion, participants will have an opportunity to break into smaller groups to focus on identifying changes in policing in the City of Newark. This event is free and open to the public.

WHO:  Speakers include Rutgers School of Criminal Justice Dean Shadd Maruna; Ryan Haygood, president and CEO of the New Jersey Institute for Social Justice (NJISJ); Newark Mayor Ras Baraka; Jim Johnson, NJISJ board member and chair of New Jersey Communities Forward; and representatives from the US Attorney’s Office and the Office of the Attorney General.

WHAT: “The Future of Policing: What Does it Mean for Our City?”

WHERE: Rutgers Center for Law and Justice, Room 070, 123 Washington St., Newark

WHEN: Nov. 11, 6 - 8 p.m.

BACKGROUND: New Jersey Communities Forward (NJCF), a not-for-profit project within the New Jersey Institute for Social Justice, works to build a coalition for change on issues of criminal justice and economic opportunities. At its core, this work is building bridges for communication between groups in urban cities that have historically not spoken to each other. These conversations are not themselves an end, but are an important gateway towards a more durable set of relationships and sustainable community-based solutions.

Event Contact: Lori Scott-Pickens, 973/353- 3403 or