Union County Prosecutor’s Office Presents Roundtable on Youth Bias

Launched by Attorney General Gurbir S. Grewal in 2018, the 21-County, 21st Century Community Policing Project aims to foster collaboration and engagement between law enforcement agencies, local organizations, and community members through quarterly presentations on social justice centered topics.

This quarter’s installment is presented as a roundtable discussion between acting Union County Prosecutor Lyndsay V. Ruotolo and community leaders on the New Jersey Interagency Task Force to Combat Youth Bias’s 2020 report, “An Anti-Bias Vision for the Next Generation.”

Participants included the Honorable Leland McGee, retired New Jersey Administrative Law Judge, founder of local organization Social Justice Matters, and co-founder of the Joint Committee for Truth, Racial Healing, and Transformation of Scotch Plains/Fanwood; Danielle West-Augustin, Chief Academic Officer and Director of the Queen City Academy Charter School in Plainfield; and Keon Candia, local Linden resident and MasterPeace participant, recent graduate of Montclair State University, and current childcare counselor at Bonnie Brae. Each panelist offered unique perspectives on the Task Force’s recommendations for improvement.

Through conversation, the panelists identified ways in which their individual organizations can partner with one another to address the rise in incidents of youth bias in their communities.

The New Jersey Interagency Task Force to Combat Youth Bias report, “An Anti-Bias Vision for the Next Generation,” is available on the Office of the Attorney General’s website:  

The roundtable discussion is available to view below and on the Prosecutor’s Office’s YouTube page: