Social Justice

ACLU starts clemency project in New Jersey to fight unjust prison terms

BY: - February 22, 2024

The ACLU will first focus on incarcerated domestic violence victims and people who got longer sentences at trial after rejecting plea deals.

Pro-Palestinian protestors embrace disruption to push politicians to act on Gaza war

BY: - February 22, 2024

New Jersey activists have disrupted speeches, stormed offices, and protested outside political party meetings to demand a cease-fire in Gaza.

State to distribute $95M to expand safe-syringe sites and addiction recovery services

BY: - February 15, 2024

N.J. will expand safe-syringe sites and fund housing and mobile services. The state is expected to get more than $1B in the next two decades.

Developer’s lawsuit claims discrimination from South Orange, PSE&G

BY: - February 7, 2024

The developer claims township officials subjected her to unlawful fines, steep delays, and stricter requirements because she is a Black woman.

Lawsuit seen as crucial test of police use of facial recognition technology

BY: - February 1, 2024

Nijeer Parks was wrongfully arrested for shoplifting in Woodbridge, solely because a facial recognition system chose him as a "possible hit."

New state public defender aims to bring modern approach to indigent defense

BY: - January 23, 2024

Jennifer Sellitti, a 17-year veteran of the New Jersey Office of the Public Defender, will take over the top job Feb. 1.

County jail conditions — ‘hazardous even to a dog’ — spur calls for independent oversight

BY: - January 22, 2024

New Jersey's 16 county jails don't have the independent oversight state prisons face. Critics say bad jail conditions prove it's needed.

New Jersey’s top court rejects challenge of witness tampering law

BY: - January 18, 2024

At issue is whether a carjacking suspect's letter to a victim was free speech or witness tampering.

Newark activist embraces ‘Dr. Martin Luther King’s agenda’ in U.S. Senate bid

BY: - January 15, 2024

Longtime social justice activist Larry Hamm said he would implement "a progressive agenda" if he wins his bid for U.S. Senate.

Murphy administration launches initiative to battle appraisal discrimination

BY: - January 12, 2024

Discriminatory appraisals violate the Law Against Discrimination and violators can face penalties under existing law, state officials say.

Family of mother who fatally overdosed in Monmouth jail sues for wrongful death

BY: - January 11, 2024

A new federal lawsuit accuses Monmouth County correctional officials of ignoring a thriving, deadly drug trade behind bars.

Residents, council members denounce Edison mayor’s comments on migrants

BY: - January 5, 2024

Edison Mayor Sam Joshi should apologize for saying he wants to send migrants back across the southern border, residents and council members said Thursday.