Our state has a mass incarceration crisis.

About 35,000 people in NJ prisons & jails.

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ACLU-NJ Sues 12 School Districts That Unconstitutionally Discriminate Against Immigrants

The ACLU of New Jersey filed suit against 12 school districts throughout New Jersey, spanning from Camden County in the south to Sussex County at the state’s northern edge. The school districts, scattered throughout 10 counties, all require forms of state-issued identification that require Social Security numbers or valid immigration status as a condition for students to enroll in school, a requirement that New Jersey law clearly forbids. More »

AG Letter a Step Toward Reform of Unjust Marijuana Prosecutions

In a letter sent to all county and municipal prosecutors in the state, Attorney General Gurbir S. Grewal directed prosecutors to seek adjournments in all marijuana-related cases in New Jersey’s municipal courts until at least September 4. More »

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 »

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