Essex County Launches Anti-Carjacking Campaign
By Alexandra Hill, WBGO News
August 19, 2013
The Essex County prosecutor’s office launched a new anti-carjacking campaign today featuring real cases and real criminals.
The public awareness campaign is an effort to try and drive down the carjacking epidemic that is plaguing Essex County, particularly Newark. The campaign will consist of billboards, bus placards, and flyers featuring cases involving defendants as young as 17. Acting Essex County Prosecutor Carolyn Murray says they want the public to know that the penalties for carjacking are no slap on the wrist.
“It is important for juveniles and young people to understand this is not the joy riding of years ago. If you are caught as a juvenile you can be taken through the family division and waved to adult court and if that happens you can face a significant period in state prison from 15 to 20 to even 30 years. ”
Murray says they hope that featuring images of real people serving real sentences will drive home the message to the public.