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About 35,000 people in NJ prisons & jails.

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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 »

Ed Barocas, an NJ Legal Giant, Retires as ACLU-NJ Legal Director

After 17 years of litigating some of New Jersey’s most significant civil rights cases, Ed Barocas is retiring from his position as legal director. Taking the reins is Jeanne LoCicero, who has guided ACLU-NJ litigation in the Trump era through her previous roles as deputy legal director and acting legal director. More »

AG Guidance Advises Weighing Impact of a Marijuana Prosecution

Municipal prosecutors – like county prosecutors – have immense power to change the course of a person’s life by using their discretion. In guidance issued as a result of a working group Attorney General Gurbir Grewal convened to discuss prosecutorial discretion with regard to marijuana prosecutions, the Attorney General urged municipal prosecutors to use that discretion to balance the scales of justice. More »

Religious Leaders Sue to Void Hudson County’s Non-Transparent ICE Vote

A group of Hudson County religious leaders, represented by the ACLU-NJ, filed suit against the Hudson County Board of Chosen Freeholders, calling on the court to void a non-transparent and deceptive vote on a contract with Immigration and Customs Enforcement to house immigrant detainees. More »

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