Criminal Justice

Local police flout state rules to discourage public reporting of police misconduct, report finds

BY: - May 3, 2023

Local police practices appear intended to discourage complaints against cops, especially among some segments of the population, the report says.

Lags in criminal justice reporting raise reformers’ concerns about transparency

BY: - April 27, 2023

Delays plague public reporting of police major discipline and other metrics the Attorney General oversees, sparking transparency concerns.

Anguished by recent shootings, retirees rally for gun control laws

BY: - April 25, 2023

Former state Sen. Loretta Weinberg organized a rally of senior citizens calling for stricter federal gun regulations.

‘Tennessee three’ praised by Biden in White House meeting

BY: - April 25, 2023

President Biden praised three Tennessee state Democratic lawmakers booted from the GOP-led House for demanding gun safety measures.

Justices skeptical of New Jersey bribery law’s loophole for unelected candidates

BY: - April 25, 2023

New Jersey's Supreme Court heard oral arguments over whether the state's bribery statute covers political candidates not yet elected.

As cannabis stores are slow to open, worries over delta-8 sales grow

BY: - April 24, 2023

Delta-8 products are marketed as legal cannabis products but are not regulated and can often include harmful chemicals.

Prisons commish defends ‘gobsmacking’ costs during budget questioning

BY: - April 19, 2023

New Jersey's prison population has fallen by half in the past decade, but the system's cost has remained static. Lawmakers aren't happy.

U.S. Supreme Court backs New Jersey’s bid to quit Waterfront Commission

BY: - April 18, 2023

New York fought for five years to maintain the port-oversight partnership, citing crime concerns.

New Jersey revamps prison mail delivery to fight drugs

BY: - April 14, 2023

N.J. corrections officials plan to digitize incarcerated people's mail to reduce drugs in prison. Critics have privacy and cost concerns.

Family of man who died after alleged assault by jail guards says justice is delayed

BY: - April 11, 2023

In August 2019, Darrell Smith died after his family said jail guards beat him. They say they are still waiting for someone to be held accountable.

Annual prison count shows racial disparities persist behind bars

BY: - April 10, 2023

Black people made up 59% of the prison population in the last count, despite representing only 15% of the state's population.

A fight against floppy discs evolves into a prison rights crusade

BY: - April 5, 2023

A man incarcerated in Trenton is asking courts to strike down state correctional officials' ban on flash drives and computers in prison.