"Jersey Breakdown"
SVU, Episode 15.12
Production number: 15012
First aired: 22 January 2014
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Teleplay By
Céline C. Robinson

Story By
Julie Martin & Céline C. Robinson

Directed By
Jonathan Herron

A teenaged rape victim leads the SVU to an FBI sex trafficking investigation and corruption across state lines.


The SVU teams up with federal prosecutor Connie Rubirosa after an underage runaway is found raped and beaten under the Highline. The sex trafficking investigation leads to New Jersey strip club owner Perry Cannavaro, who does all he can to keep the victim out of the SVU's jurisdiction. When A.D.A. Barba fails to get the help he needs from Jersey law enforcement, he suspects a cover-up involving some high ranking court officials.



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  • The Knollwood prison scandal is a reference to the Pennsylvania "kids for cash" scandal.


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1 2 3

Mercy Hospital
365 West 32nd Street
Monday, January 20

Manhattan Ice Rink
739 West 29th Street
Tuesday, January 21

Williams House Group Home
190 West 12th Street
Wednesday, January 22

4 5 6

Federal Task Force
26 Federal Plaza
Wednesday, January 22

Office of
Hudson County Prosecutor
Bobby Masconi
Jersey City, New Jersey
Wednesday, January 22

Hudson County Family Court
Jersey City, New Jersey
Wednesday, January 22

7 8 9 10

Chambers of
Judge Daniel Dolan
Jersey City, New Jersey
Friday, January 24

Knollwood Juvenile Facility
Salem County, New Jersey
Friday, January 24

Rikers Island
Sunday, January 26

Williams House Group Home
190 West 12th Street
Monday, January 27

Previous episode:
"Amaro's One-Eighty"
"Jersey Breakdown"
Law & Order: Special Victims Unit
Season 15
Next episode:
"Betrayal's Climax"
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