If you think a 13-year-old boy convicted of a crime in New Jersey won’t have that record follow him, think again. New Jersey is below the national average when it comes to protecting juvenile records; the Juvenile Law Center gave New Jersey a 43 percent rating. The national average is 46 percent.
According to the study, New Jersey excludes too many crimes from being allowed to be expunged and it requires that youths seek it themselves instead of having it occur automatically. However, the Garden State was particularly criticized when it comes to record confidentiality. It was rated 15 percent when it comes to law enforcement and court records being kept confidential.