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Dana DiFilippo

Dana DiFilippo

Dana DiFilippo comes to the New Jersey Monitor from WHYY, Philadelphia’s NPR station, and the Philadelphia Daily News, a paper known for exposing corruption and holding public officials accountable. Prior to that, she worked at newspapers in Cincinnati, Pittsburgh, and suburban Philadelphia and has freelanced for various local and national magazines, newspapers and websites. She lives in Central Jersey with her husband, a photojournalist, and their two children.

Prison homicide shines light on inmate deaths

By: - December 12, 2022

A man incarcerated at Bayside State Prison in South Jersey was found beaten to death in his cell on Nov. 21, 2022. Charges are pending.

Overdose deaths dip, even as drug fatalities rise among older, Black residents

By: - December 9, 2022

Drug overdose deaths in N.J. are expected to drop 8.5% this year, the biggest dip since the opioid epidemic fueled a fatality spike in 2015.

Test scores plunged during pandemic as students struggled with disruptions

By: - December 8, 2022

The state's first educational assessments since the pandemic started show N.J. students' reading and math scores fell calamitously.

Lawmakers hear plea for fewer standardized tests in school

By: - December 7, 2022

Advocates urged state education officials to reduce standardized tests — especially one measuring the pandemic's effect on education and high school exit exams.

Lawmakers, advocates demand action on bill to end discriminatory car insurance

By: - December 6, 2022

Car insurers should be barred from using education, occupation, and credit scores to set rates, advocates say.

Lawmakers advance bills to curb car thefts and toughen penalties against offenders

By: - December 6, 2022

Faced with a 41% spike in car thefts since 2020, lawmakers advanced four bills to toughen penalties for car thieves.

Advocates demand cameras in homes for developmentally disabled adults to reduce abuse

By: - December 5, 2022

Advocates are demanding action on a stalled bill that would require security cameras in group homes for adults with developmental disabilities.

Lawmakers want to require training to help first responders fight electric vehicle fires

By: - December 1, 2022

As more electric vehicles hit the road, lawmakers aim to mandate training to ensure first responders can safely fight electric vehicle fires.

State to spend $25M on Revolutionary War sites to woo heritage tourists

By: - November 30, 2022

New Jersey will spend $25 million to improve 10 sites by the 2026 semiquincentennial, after years of flatlined funding for parks and historic areas.

Court sides with state comptroller in police training firm’s fight against probe

By: - November 29, 2022

Street Cop Training caught flak for featuring controversial speakers at its policing training conference. The firm is fighting a state probe.

State moves inmates out of minimum security prison, as census drops statewide

By: - November 29, 2022

Jones Farm was once a thriving dairy farm where 270 minimum-security inmates worked. With the prison population shrinking, it's now empty.

Bill would toughen punishment for people who assault law enforcement officers

By: - November 28, 2022

The bill would expand penalties for assaulting law enforcement officers and require offenders to be tested for disease if bodily fluids are involved.