Criminal Justice

Court ruling on tinted windows a win in fight against unjustified police car stops

BY: - June 28, 2022

The N.J. Supreme Court reinforced a state law on tinted car windows in ruling a 2018 police stop in Trenton unconstitutional.

Courts must do more to ensure defendants’ right to speedy trial, N.J. Supreme Court says

BY: - June 27, 2022

COVID restrictions and judicial vacancies are leading to yearslong trial delays, with defendants' liberty at stake, the chief justice warns

New Jersey officials fear more gun violence after Supreme Court ruling

BY: - June 23, 2022

For a century, New Jerseyans had to prove a "justifiable need" to carry a gun outside their home. A federal ruling has overturned that law.

Senate clears bill enacting stricter bail rules for some gun offenses

BY: - June 16, 2022

The bill would permit court officials to detain more people suspected of committing gun crimes before trial.

Panel to weigh whether people wrongfully detained are eligible for unemployment benefits

BY: - June 16, 2022

While maintenance worker Clarence Haley was in jail after his arrest in 2017, his mother asked his employer to hold the position open for him. But by the time a prosecutor dismissed all charges against Haley eight weeks later, he had been fired. Released from detention and trying to get back on his feet after […]

Cities, rural counties have highest incarceration rates in N.J., study finds

BY: - June 16, 2022

While New Jersey cities continue to send the most people to prison, some of its most rural counties have disproportionately high incarceration rates, a new study says. About half of the people now imprisoned in New Jersey come from its cities — Newark, Camden, Paterson, Trenton, Jersey City, Atlantic City, and Elizabeth, according to the report, […]

Changes for bill aimed at tweaking bail reform for suspects in gun crimes

BY: - June 14, 2022

A measure that would roll back New Jersey bail reforms for a subset of gun crimes appears ready for full floor votes after a round of committee amendments assuaged critics’ concerns by narrowing the bill’s scope. Lawmakers on the Senate Law and Public Safety Committee on Monday unanimously cleared the bill and its amendments, which […]

New Jersey expanding program pairing cops with mental health counselors

BY: - June 6, 2022

A program that pairs plainclothes state troopers with mental health experts to better respond to mental health crises will expand to Elizabeth and Linden in Union County, acting Attorney General Matt Platkin announced Monday. The program is intended to deescalate potentially volatile encounters between police and people in crisis from emotional distress or a mental […]

Six correctional officers accused of lying about inmate attack

BY: - June 4, 2022

Six correctional officers have been criminally charged and accused of pepper-spraying and injuring a compliant inmate while forcibly removing him from his cell, acting Attorney General Matt Platkin said Friday. The officers — a sergeant and five senior correctional officers — then lied and tried to cover up the April 2020 incident as a justified […]

Police licensure inches closer to law after favorable committee vote

BY: - June 3, 2022

The Assembly Law and Public Safety Committee advanced a bill Thursday that would require licensure for New Jersey’s police officers in a near-unanimous vote to plaudits from police unions, the state attorney general, and civil rights advocates. The committee approved the bill, which advocates from all sides said would improve police accountability and professionalism, in […]

N.J. Supreme Court upholds defendants’ rights in case testing statutes of limitations in DNA crimes

BY: - June 2, 2022

Authorities have five years to prosecute crimes involving DNA evidence once they possess both physical evidence and a suspect’s DNA, the New Jersey Supreme Court ruled Thursday in a case testing state law on the statutes of limitations in crimes. Any delays in lab testing or “lack of clarity” in official policies on DNA samples […]

N.J. to bar cops from jailing people who skip court, don’t pay fines on minor offenses

BY: - May 26, 2022

Police in New Jersey can no longer jail people who fail to appear in municipal courts or pay fines for minor offenses, under a new directive issued Wednesday by acting Attorney General Matt Platkin. The move is intended to reduce both pretrial incarceration and potentially volatile police encounters, Platkin said. It will also save cops […]