Social Justice

Name changes in N.J. now confidential, in support of transgender community

BY: - November 17, 2022

Gov. Murphy ordered name changes in N.J. exempt from public records, in line with recent court decisions and in support of transgender rights.

Migrant families, now in N.J., sue over Trump-era family separation policy

BY: - November 17, 2022

Three N.J. families separated at the border sued the federal government for harm they suffered under the Trump-era family separation policy.

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.

Democrats’ crime focus in final hours of campaign frustrates progressives

BY: - November 8, 2022

As Republicans bash Democrats as soft on crime, Dems fearing a red wave have toughened their message as midterms loom, irking progressives.

More safe syringe sites needed to reduce infections from injecting drugs, study says

BY: - November 3, 2022

Infections from injecting drugs hospitalized thousands of people, killed hundreds, and cost over $1 billion in N.J., a new study found.

Incarcerated people endure health care, safety problems in prisons, report says

BY: - November 2, 2022

A state watchdog received more than 1,000 calls a month from inmates reporting abuse, theft, inadequate health care, and more at N.J. prisons.

Abortions rose in N.J. after Roe v. Wade fell, new study shows

BY: - November 1, 2022

Abortions rose 7% in New Jersey after the U.S. Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade in June, even as they fell 6% nationally, a study found.

Bill permitting police at polls in schools and senior centers gets Assembly OK

BY: - October 29, 2022

A handful of white Republican lawmakers denied that police make anyone feel uncomfortable anywhere during a fiery debate Thursday.

N.J. Democrats propose expansive gun control bill

BY: - October 13, 2022

The gun package is a response to a U.S. Supreme Court ruling that struck down restrictive laws on when people can carry concealed weapons

As N.Y.C. targets migrant busing, local bus companies allege harassment

BY: - October 13, 2022

N.Y.C. has grappled with an influx of migrants, with cops ticketing the buses bringing them here. Local bus operators say they've been targeted too.

Sexual assault victims would be updated on criminal cases under bill

BY: - October 13, 2022

Assemblywoman Carol Murphy said the bill is intended to keep victims from feeling they are "left in the dark" about the investigations of their assaults.

Low-income renters and tenants of color bear brunt of housing crisis, study finds

BY: - October 12, 2022

Advocacy group Make the Road New Jersey wants more rent-control laws, state aid for tenants struggling to pay rent, and a "visionary housing policy" statewide.