Criminal Justice

Paterson cop criminally charged for shooting, paralyzing unarmed man

BY: - February 6, 2023

N.J. Attorney General Matt Platkin said Paterson Officer Jerry Moravek violated state use of force rules in shooting an unarmed, fleeing man.

Deportation order for N.J. man reversed after appeals court ruling

BY: - February 3, 2023

Judge Theodore McKee's decision tells immigration judges to empathize with the migrants whose lives they hold in their hands and warns lower courts that they had already been cautioned to check their bias.

High court sets standards for release of sex assault victims’ mental health records

BY: - January 23, 2023

Defense attorneys seeking a sex assault victim's mental health history must prove its relevance to access records, under a new ruling.

Police training firm seeks court review of ‘government overreach,’ stalling state probe

BY: - January 20, 2023

Street Cop Training is asking for a NJ Supreme Court review in its fight against a watchdog's subpoena for documents regarding a controversial conference in Atlantic City.

Judges can deny ill inmates compassionate release in ‘extraordinary’ cases, high court says

BY: - January 10, 2023

The N.J. Supreme Court rules judges can deny compassionate release to ill inmates if “extraordinary" factors justify continued incarceration.

Judge temporarily blocks part of N.J.’s new gun law over constitutional concerns

BY: - January 9, 2023

The temporary restraining order blocks portions of the new gun law, including its ban on bringing guns into places like libraries and restaurants.

Trenton cop indicted in 64-year-old’s death during violent 2020 arrest

BY: - January 5, 2023

A grand jury indicted one of several Trenton cops involved in the 2020 arrest of an elderly city man who died after getting pepper-sprayed.

New study urges cheaper communications for incarcerated people

BY: - December 28, 2022

New Jersey prisons charge lower rates for phone calls than most other states, a study found. There's still room for improvement, authors noted.

Bills to toughen penalties against car thieves advance, despite objections

BY: - December 20, 2022

The Senate Judiciary Committee advanced eight bills largely aimed at expanding penalties for car theft, despite social justice reformers' concerns.

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.

Report says criminal justice reform weathered pandemic

BY: - December 8, 2022

The number of New Jersey inmates held pretrial on small amounts of bail remained low even as speedy trial resolutions slowed, a new report says.

Bill would set new standards for reentry housing

BY: - December 6, 2022

The bill would require the state to create new standards for transitional housing for people released from prison.