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††††††††††††††††††††††† †††† *News Release*†††††††††††††††† Date: October 13, 2011

 

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Criminal justice education offered in new community program

 

 

Since 2002, the Middlesex County Prosecutorís Office has devoted significant resources and personnel to community outreach and education. These services are provided through a unit in the prosecutorís office known as the Middlesex County Outreach and Education Unit, or MORE Unit.

 

This unit has made hundreds of presentations at schools, community centers and senior centers on such timely and important topics as gangs, bullying, internet safety, and scams.

 

The Middlesex County Prosecutorís Office is now preparing a user-friendly presentation on the fundamentals of how our criminal justice system operates in New Jersey.

 

It is recognized that educating the public on this topic is essential if we expect our community to trust and participate in our criminal justice system.

 

Middlesex County Prosecutor Bruce J. Kaplan has announced today that his office is planning to address this issue through a formal outreach and educational program.The program will explain how complaints get filed, how they are processed once filed, and the role of law enforcement and the courts in handling complaints.

 

To assist in this initiative, and to best ensure a user-friendly format, the Middlesex County Prosecutorís Office has contracted Mr. Reginald Johnson to work directly with the MORE Unit in helping design and implement this program. Once finalized, MORE Unit personnel will be available to present the program to any interested groups and organizations countywide.

 

††††††††† Mr. Johnson has dedicated much of his adult life to community outreach and has an extensive record of involvement and achievements related to public affairs and community relations.

 

In his capacity as president of the Metuchen-Edison Branch of the NAACP, as well as his past association with various community commissions and boards, he has proved himself to have the skills to serve as a vital link between the community, law enforcement and other public sector organizations, communicating concerns and working as a mediator to address those concerns.

 

In addition, he serves as chairman of the Vicinage Advisory Committee on Minority Concerns for the Superior Court in Middlesex County.

 

He has previously been employed by the Union County Prosecutorís Office and has provided outreach services between law enforcement and the residents of the City of Plainfield.

 

He has been formally recognized by various groups and organizations for his work and commitment in the area of community service.

 

Prosecutor Kaplan anticipates that the new program will be available for presentation to any interested group or organization within the next 30 days.Interested parties should contact Nicole Ducca at the MORE Unit at (732) 225-0750, extension 6, or nicole.ducca@co.middlesex.nj.us.