Our state has a mass incarceration crisis.

About 35,000 people in NJ prisons & jails.

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Man jailed for inability to pay $239 littering ticket on the spot is vindicated by court

Judge Noel L. Hillman of the United States District Court issued an opinion (PDF) in early April finding that Anthony Kneisser, who had faced a five-day jail sentence from Burlington Township Municipal Court for not immediately being able to pay a $239 ticket, had proved the claims against Burlington Township and its employees. The ruling allowed Kneisser’s claims against the municipal court judge to proceed to trial. More »

Legal Counsel for Detained Immigrants More Urgent After DOJ Ends Legal Program

Leading New Jersey advocates called with even greater urgency for universal representation of immigrants in detention following the Department of Justice’s announced suspension of a vital legal information program.  More »

ACLU-NJ: Census Question on Citizenship Is a Terrifying Prospect

The Census is more than a questionnaire – it’s a constitutional mandate, and its results affect every aspect of our lives, from school construction to the power of a person’s vote. Using it to divide citizens from non-citizens insults democratic ideals, immigrant Americans, and beautifully diverse states like New Jersey. More »

NJ Budget: Family Planning, Legal Marijuana & Lawyers for Immigration Are Key

We need a budget that places civil rights, civil liberties, economic justice, and racial justice at the fore. Governor Murphy’s proposed budget reflects a commitment to those values.  More »

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