Students challenge state’s new graduation rules

Several New Jersey students and their families filed a lawsuit challenging the NJ Department of Education’s attempt to impose new exams and other fee-based tests as requirements for high school graduation without adopting new regulations as required by law or providing proper notice. The students and families filing the lawsuit, which asks the state to follow its own rules and regulations for adopting news graduation requirements, are represented by the Education Law Center and the American Civil Liberties Union of NJ. More »

Immigration Status: Do Hightstown Checks Go Too Far?

NEWARK – The American Civil Liberties Union of New Jersey sent a letter to Hightstown Mayor Lawrence Quattrone asking him to clarify Hightstown Police Department policy in light of remarks attributed to him in a Times of Trenton news story with the headline: Hightstown mayor: We are not a ‘sanctuary city.’ More »

ACLU-NJ Cheers Signing of S2003, Juvenile Justice Reform Legislation

The historic reforms to New Jersey's juvenile justice system signed into law today will make us fairer, smarter, and safer. Solitary confinement of juveniles is a practice that has no place in our state and should only be used as a very last resort. More »

ACLU-NJ Demands Release of Officer Names in Shooting of Trenton Teen

NEWARK – The American Civil Liberties Union of New Jersey today sent a letter to state Acting Attorney General John Hoffman urging the release of further information about the shooting of 14-year-old Radazz Hearns, including the names of the state trooper and Mercer County sheriff’s officer who were involved in the shooting in Trenton on August 7. More »

Police Body Camera Directive Raises Concern

NEWARK – "The Attorney General directive released today on police use of body cameras falls short of what’s needed to create police accountability in New Jersey. While it contains some important safeguards, it fails to address those very concerns that have triggered the public’s desire for body cameras in the first place,” said Udi Ofer, Executive Director of the ACLU of New Jersey. More »

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