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.

Watchdog sues Newark, Jersey City landlords over housing discrimination claims

By: - May 31, 2023

Housing Rights Initiative has sued 30 landlords alleging they discriminate against people who use Section 8 vouchers to pay apartment rent.

Audit finds deficiencies at state prison specializing in addiction recovery

By: - May 30, 2023

Corrections officials say they have acted to correct failures a state audit identified at the Mid-State Correctional Facility in Wrightstown.

Parental notification policy shines light on fight over gender, LGBTQ issues in schools

By: - May 26, 2023

Schools in New Jersey have increasingly adopted policies decried as anti-LGBTQ, from book and rainbow flag bans to "forced outing."

Liberty State Park plan calls for cleanup of contamination, expanded recreation

By: - May 25, 2023

State officials presented plans this week to revitalize Liberty State Park, New Jersey's busiest park. Groundbreaking is set for the fall.

State appeals federal ruling blocking enforcement of new gun law

By: - May 23, 2023

New Jersey continued battling to save its new gun law, asking this week for a stay of a recent order blocking enforcement of most of the law.

As prison population grays, calls grow for ‘geriatric parole’

By: - May 23, 2023

A new report calls for "rehabiltative release" of elderly incarcerated people. Legislation that would create "geriatric parole" is stalled.

Dem lawmakers target book bans in public libraries as censorship rises

By: - May 22, 2023

The bill would authorize state officials to withhold funding from any public school or library that fails to comply

Legislation would abolish ‘antiquated’ county constables

By: - May 19, 2023

Critics say county constables are “antiquated and potentially dangerous" and have no oversight. Lawmakers are moving to abolish the position.

Bill advances to fund community crisis response teams to reduce police violence

By: - May 19, 2023

Lawmakers advanced bills to fund community crisis response teams and mental health services for officers. The goal: Reducing police violence.

State watchdog slams New Jersey City University for mismanagement that led to financial crisis

By: - May 18, 2023

Nearly a year after New Jersey City University declared a financial emergency, a state watchdog blames top officials' mismanagement.

Officer shortage renews debate on fitness standards for female recruits

By: - May 18, 2023

Many states and the military set different physical fitness standards for police recruits. New Jersey does not, and some want that to change.

As N.J. gun law evolves, here’s where you can and can’t take guns in New Jersey

By: - May 17, 2023

There have been so many rulings on New Jersey's new concealed carry restrictions that confusion persists about where guns are allowed.