Our state has a mass incarceration crisis.

About 35,000 people in NJ prisons & jails.

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Federal Court Victory: Limits on Cash Bail Are Constitutional

NEWARK - The ACLU of New Jersey applauds the decision by the Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit affirming the constitutionality of New Jersey’s landmark Criminal Justice Reform Act, which went into effect in January 2017. More »

Court Stays Deportation of Father Arrested at Immigration Interview

The ACLU of New Jersey and the New York Civil Liberties Union obtained an emergency stay of deportation for a father of two who was unconstitutionally taken into federal custody by immigration enforcement agents when he and his wife, a U.S. citizen, attended an interview at a federal immigration office in Manhattan as part of their application for him to obtain residency status.  More »

Advocates Call for Automatic Marijuana Expungement in NJ

Advocates from the ACLU of New Jersey and New Jersey United for Marijuana Reform, along with other partners in efforts to legalize marijuana, testified in Trenton with a message: for marijuana legalization to advance racial and social justice, automatic expungement must be passed simultaneously with any legislation ending marijuana prohibition in New Jersey. More »

Afghan Refugee is Freed After Unjust Yearlong Detention

Abdul, a young man who received a visa because his work for the U.S. government endangered his life, was granted asylum and finally freed from unjust ICE detention. Despite holding a visa reserved for Afghan citizens who put their lives at risk because of their work for the American government or its contractors, Abdul was detained and nearly sent back to Afghanistan when he landed at Newark Airport in March 2017. More »

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