Our state has a mass incarceration crisis.

About 35,000 people in NJ prisons & jails.

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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 »

Financial Aid Law Makes College Possible for More NJ Immigrant Students

On May 9, Governor Phil Murphy signed a law expanding eligibility for state financial aid to more New Jersey students. Governor Christie signed tuition equality for immigrant students into law in 2013, but without eligibility for state financial aid, these students often faced prohibitive barriers to earning a college degree. More »

Ruling Means Advocates Can Show How Taxpayer $ Goes To Religious Training

The New Jersey Supreme Court ruled on a case concerning taxpayer grants that the state awarded in 2013 to two institutions with missions focused on sectarian religious education and training. The court remanded the issue to the New Jersey Secretary of Higher Education to develop more facts of the case, giving advocates from the ACLU-NJ, national ACLU, and Americans United for the Separation of Church and State an opportunity to present details regarding the religious nature of the institutions and their planned use of the grant funds.  More »

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