ACLU-NJ Report Reveals Abuse and Overuse of Civil Asset Forfeiture in New Jersey

A new deep-dive report issued by the ACLU-NJ on civil asset forfeiture showed disturbing racial disparities and other alarming trends in local law enforcement’s use of the practice throughout the Garden State. Every county in New Jersey relies on these forfeitures, and they disproportionately harm people of color. More »

New Policy Limits Aid to ICE, Protecting Rights & Safety in NJ

The ACLU-NJ welcomed a directive from New Jersey Attorney General Gurbir Grewal guiding law enforcement agencies to use resources to address local concerns rather than to carry out the agenda of federal immigration enforcement agencies, which often runs counter to their own interests. In essence, this directive draws a bright line between the role of local law enforcement and the role of federal immigration authorities. More »

Historic Marijuana Vote Makes Progress Toward Racial Justice in Legalization

Senate and Assembly committees have advanced legislation to legalize marijuana for adults 21 and up to the floor of the Legislature for a full vote. The historic committee vote came after a marathon joint committee hearing dominated by testimony from advocates making the case for a legalization plan that advances racial justice. More »

Middlesex County Implements Solitary Confinement Reforms

The ACLU-NJ and the New Jersey Office of the Public Defender announced a settlement agreement in a major federal lawsuit against Middlesex County Jail challenging the inhumane solitary confinement unit it was operating when the lawsuit was filed. As a result of the agreement, Middlesex County has restricted the maximum amount of time allowed in isolation and gives people held in isolation opportunities to meaningfully interact with others. More »

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