Criminal Justice

Lawmakers advance bills to curb car thefts and toughen penalties against offenders

BY: - December 6, 2022

Faced with a 41% spike in car thefts since 2020, lawmakers advanced four bills to toughen penalties for car thieves.

Court sides with state comptroller in police training firm’s fight against probe

BY: - November 29, 2022

Street Cop Training caught flak for featuring controversial speakers at its policing training conference. The firm is fighting a state probe.

State moves inmates out of minimum security prison, as census drops statewide

BY: - November 29, 2022

Jones Farm was once a thriving dairy farm where 270 minimum-security inmates worked. With the prison population shrinking, it's now empty.

Bill would toughen punishment for people who assault law enforcement officers

BY: - November 28, 2022

The bill would expand penalties for assaulting law enforcement officers and require offenders to be tested for disease if bodily fluids are involved.

Gun group sues N.J. attorney general over public nuisance law

BY: - November 23, 2022

Plaintiff the National Shooting Sports Foundation calls the law “breathtaking in scope" and claims it violates the First and Second amendments and the Due Process and Commerce clauses.

Officer’s dismissed indictment latest black eye for state integrity office

BY: - November 22, 2022

A judge dismissed a misconduct indictment against a state correctional officer, the latest flub by the Attorney General's integrity office.

N.J. Supreme Court sets new rules to balance defendants’ and victims’ rights in sex assault cases

BY: - November 22, 2022

The N.J. Supreme Court set new guidelines for courts balancing the rights of suspects and sex assault victims, in disclosing victims' addresses.

New Jersey gun bill narrowly clears Assembly after aggressive debate

BY: - November 21, 2022

The bill would create an extensive list of places where carrying a weapon would be banned, including beaches, bars, zoos, and sports stadiums.

State commission probes law on bicycle DWIs

BY: - November 18, 2022

Competing precedent makes it unclear whether drunk bicycling is against the law, with electrified pedaled vehicles causing more confusion.

Police interrogations must end once suspects claim Miranda rights, court rules

BY: - November 16, 2022

Police can’t interrogate suspects after they ask for an attorney, the N.J. Supreme Court ruled in their latest decision on Miranda rights.

Effort to expand transparency around police misconduct falls short, critics say

BY: - November 15, 2022

N.J. Attorney General Matt Platkin on Tuesday ordered expanded public disclosures of police misconduct, but reformers say it's not enough.

Google to pay N.J. $17M for misleading consumers on tracking services

BY: - November 14, 2022

The tech company agreed to pay out $391.5 million to 40 states, a record privacy settlement, after a four-year investigation.