2015 New Jersey Revised Statutes
Section 2A:4A-71.1 - Diversionary programs for certain juveniles.

NJ Rev Stat § 2A:4A-71.1 (2015) What's This?

2A:4A-71.1 Diversionary programs for certain juveniles.

2. a. Where a complaint against a juvenile pursuant to section 11 of P.L.1982, c.77 (C.2A:4A-30) alleges that the juvenile has committed an eligible offense as defined in subsection c. of this section and the court has approved diversion of the complaint pursuant to section 4 of P.L.1982, c.81 (C.2A:4A-73), the resolution of the complaint shall include the juvenile's participation in a remedial education or counseling program. The parents or guardian of the juvenile shall bear the cost of participation in the program, except that the court shall take into consideration the ability of the juvenile's parents or guardian to pay and the availability of such a program in the area in which the juvenile resides and, where appropriate, may permit the juvenile to participate in a self-guided awareness program in lieu of a remedial education or counseling program provided that it satisfies the requirements of subsection b. of this section.

b.A remedial education or counseling program satisfies the requirements of this act if the program is designed to increase the juvenile's awareness of:

(1)the legal consequences and penalties for sharing sexually suggestive or explicit materials, including applicable federal and State statutes;

(2)the non-legal consequences of sharing sexually suggestive or explicit materials including, but not limited to, the effect on relationships, loss of educational and employment opportunities, and being barred or removed from school programs and extracurricular activities;

(3)the potential, based upon the unique characteristics of cyberspace and the Internet, of long-term and unforeseen consequences for sharing sexually suggestive or explicit materials; and

(4)the possible connection between bullying and cyber-bullying and juveniles sharing sexually suggestive or explicit materials.

c.As used in this act, "eligible offense" means an offense in which:

(1)the facts of the case involve the creation, exhibition or distribution of a photograph depicting nudity as defined in N.J.S.2C:24-4 through the use of an electronic communication device, an interactive wireless communications device, or a computer; and

(2)the creator and subject of the photograph are juveniles or were juveniles at the time of its making.

L.2011, c.128, s.2.

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