ACLU-NJ Report Reveals Troubling Use of Stop-and-Frisk in Newark

NEWARK – Newark Police officers use stop-and-frisk with troubling frequency and in a manner that leads to racial disparities, according to a report released by the American Civil Liberties Union of New Jersey. The report analyzes the first six months of data from the Newark Police Department, which releases the information on its website monthly in compliance with its new Transparency Policy. It is the first public analysis of the data. More »

ACLU-NJ Goes to NJ Supreme Court to Defend Rap Lyrics as Free Speech

TRENTON – The American Civil Liberties Union of New Jersey appeared before the New Jersey Supreme Court to argue that an amateur rapper’s rap lyrics should not have been used as evidence against him in a crime. Rap music, argued Ezra Rosenberg, the ACLU-NJ cooperating attorney who argued the case before the court, is a genre that originated in reaction to the mass incarceration of young black males in United States. More »

ACLU-NJ Warns Schools Statewide to Stop Discriminatory ID Policies

NEWARK -- The American Civil Liberties Union of New Jersey sent a letter to 136 New Jersey school districts today advising them to change their discriminatory enrollment policies or face litigation. The ACLU-NJ has identified 136 school districts that require overly restrictive forms of identification for an adult to enroll a child in school, contrary to state and federal law. Almost every New Jersey county had at least one school district with problematic identification guidelines, which tend to single out immigrant families. More »

ACLU-NJ Statement on Joint Committee on Criminal Justice Report

NEWARK – The American Civil Liberties Union of New Jersey (ACLU-NJ) is urging the legislature to adopt recommendations issued today by the Joint Committee on Criminal Justice. The committee, formed in 2013, was established to focus on issues relating to bail and the delays in bringing criminal cases to trial. The committee is comprised of judges, prosecutors, public defenders, private attorneys, court administrators and staff from the Legislature and Governor’s office. More »

Newark School District Agrees to Release Records to Parents Group

NEWARK – The ACLU-NJ has reached a successful settlement on behalf of a Newark parents’ group whose request for records from the Newark Public Schools was denied by the district. The Secondary Parents Council (SPC) filed suit on Nov. 7, 2013, after Newark Public Schools denied them records that it had previously shared with a private education foundation, the Foundation for Newark’s Future. Under the agreement, SPC will receive the records it requested. More »

ACLU-NJ Calls Upon State Officials to Address Transparency Concerns Raised in Bridge Emails

NEWARK – The American Civil Liberties Union of New Jersey (ACLU-NJ) is asking the Christie administration to take action to require public employees to use their government-issued email accounts to conduct public business and to maintain any emails or texts sent from personal accounts as government records in the event an employee leaves their position. Additionally, the ACLU-NJ is calling for the New Jersey Legislature and Governor Chris Christie’s administration to work with New York officials to enact legislation subjecting the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey (PANYNJ) to the same open records and open meetings requirements by which all public governing bodies in New Jersey are bound. More »