Criminal Justice

Inflation hits inmates’ wallets, even as their wages have flatlined

BY: - September 28, 2022

Inflation drove state prison commissary prices up 11% in the past year, but prison wages haven't risen in decades.

New bill would limit police use of DNA collected from newborn blood screening

BY: - September 28, 2022

Civil rights advocates sounded the alarm when state police used an infant’s years-old blood sample to link the father to an old rape case

Chipotle to pay almost $8M to resolve N.J. audit that found child labor law violations

BY: - September 21, 2022

Chipotle, which has 85 eateries in N.J., will pay $7.75 million to settle over 30,000 allegations it violated child labor laws.

U.S. Senate Republicans pan Democrats on crime, say they’ll introduce their own bill

BY: - September 15, 2022

WASHINGTON — A small group of U.S. Senate Republicans sought to draw attention to U.S. crime rates Wednesday, saying they plan to introduce a bill that would direct more resources to state and local police departments as well as require the Government Accountability Office to study the amount of time it takes crime labs to […]

N.J. victims among those targeted by Iranian nationals in global cyberattacks

BY: - September 14, 2022

Three Iranian nationals were indicted in global cyberattacks that had two N.J. victims — a Union County township and Morris County accounting firm.

Proposal to put open arrest warrants online sparks privacy, racism concerns

BY: - September 14, 2022

Watchdogs worry about the misuse of a plan proposed by a lawmaker that would create a public database of outstanding arrest warrants.

More than 2,000 charges dismissed after court review of drug tests

BY: - September 12, 2022

A judge was tasked with reviewing thousands of cases after a technician was accused of filing drug test results without screening the samples

New Jersey launches website with data from police internal affairs records

BY: - September 9, 2022

The site gives members of the public the most comprehensive peek yet at normally secret internal affairs cases.

Watchdog dings state for sweltering prisons, urges funding for air conditioning

BY: - September 7, 2022

A watchdog urged lawmakers to invest in cooling state prisons, where 6,500 inmates and correctional officers suffered in the summer heat.

Newly released records in Elizabeth probe offer peek into toxic culture of policing

BY: - September 2, 2022

The report stems from an investigation by the Union County Prosecutor’s Office into former Elizabeth Police Director James Cosgrove.

New report on firearms in N.J. homes raises safe-storage concerns

BY: - September 1, 2022

Some N.J. gun owners said they store their weapons unlocked, loaded, or in their cars, while about 8% of gun owners said they always or almost always carry guns outside their home, a new Rutgers University survey found.

N.J. to spend $6.5M to aid shooting responses by digitizing school maps

BY: - August 30, 2022

The federal funding will help New Jersey digitize blueprints of half of the state's 3,100 school buildings (the state has already done half).