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.

Bill to ban menthol cigarettes moves forward, despite objections

By: - June 16, 2023

Critics of a proposed ban on menthol cigarettes said it would hurt businesses. A Senate panel advanced it anyway, citing addiction concerns.

Legislators advance bill to feed all students free lunch in New Jersey by 2028

By: - June 15, 2023

Supporters of free school lunches for all say it would eliminate the stigma that keeps some hungry, low-income students from participating.

Police training company takes fight against state probe to federal court

By: - June 15, 2023

Street Cop Training asked a federal judge to intervene in a state probe of a controversial conference it hosted for N.J. police officers.

New bill would set time limit on state watchdog’s lengthy investigations

By: - June 14, 2023

A state watchdog created to crack down on corruption takes so long to investigate that a lawmaker has introduced a bill to speed up its work.

New public database sheds light on who gets arrested in New Jersey, and why

By: - June 13, 2023

A new public database allows the public to search aggregated data on defendants in New Jersey's criminal justice system.

Bill to toughen penalties against fentanyl dealers advances, despite outcry

By: - June 12, 2023

With fentanyl driving most overdose deaths, several lawmakers want to toughen penalties against dealers. Critics fear users will be arrested.

Lawmakers propose 14 as minimum age for juvenile delinquency

By: - June 12, 2023

Most states set a minimum age to arrest and prosecute children who do wrong. New Jersey does not — and several lawmakers want to change that.

Pooches in prison? Lawmakers say service animals could aid inmates with disabilities

By: - June 12, 2023

Dog-training programs have been proven to be therapeutic in prisons. Now lawmakers want to allow incarcerated people to have service animals.

A leftover pandemic restriction in prisons deprives some of ‘lifeline’ family visits

By: - June 8, 2023

State prisons require visitors to call to schedule a visit, a pandemic-era hurdle some say has kept them from seeing incarcerated loved ones.

Rowdy teens at the Shore shine light on controversial aspect of marijuana law

By: - June 5, 2023

Jersey Shore officials say state laws revamping juvenile justice hamper their ability to crack down on rowdy teens and underage drinkers.

As Primary Day nears, vast majority of legislative candidates are running unopposed

By: , and - June 2, 2023

Political observers cite ballot design, low pay for lawmakers, and general happiness with party-backed candidates as reasons why there are so few competitive races.

More support emerges for tax relief plan for seniors as budget deadline nears

By: - June 1, 2023

Gov. Phil Murphy has voiced cost concerns about a tax relief plan for seniors that's championed by Trenton's top Democrats.