Police Reform Blueprint Lays Out Platform for Accountability Statewide

Five key reforms could transform policing in New Jersey, the ACLU-NJ said today with the release of a blueprint for statewide police accountability. The ACLU-NJ called on state officials to adopt five key components of accountability into law, emphasizing transparency, accountability, and an end to unnecessarily aggressive over-policing. The reforms also include a call to expand the role of non-police agencies and professionals in handling social problems that do not belong in the criminal justice system to begin with. The policies themselves would be adopted by state officials and apply to individual departments throughout the state. More »

Christie's Signing of Anti-Boycott Law Undermines Speech

Governor Chris Christie today signed into law legislation that forbids the state pension from investing in companies that boycott Israel, raising serious constitutional concerns, the ACLU of New Jersey said today. The bill, S1923/A925, prohibits the state's pension and annuities funds from investing in any company that boycotts Israel or Israel's businesses. More »

Court Condemns Prisoner’s Excessively Long Solitary Sentence and Vindicates Rights

A New Jersey appeals court issued a searing decision on Thursday that reversed a three-and-a-half-year solitary confinement sentence given to a prisoner without any mental health assessment after he threw a mixture of water, feces, and urine toward a corrections officer. The written opinion rebuked the Department of Corrections (DOC) for violating the man’s rights, and in particular for vague sanctioning practices that give total and unguided discretion to Department of Corrections hearing officers. More »

Wyckoff Police Chief Violated Ban on Biased Policing, Investigation Finds

The New Jersey Office of the Attorney General and the Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office found that the Wyckoff chief of police violated the state’s ban on racially biased policing, concluding an investigation that began after the ACLU of New Jersey shared an anonymously leaked email from the police chief of Wyckoff, in Bergen County. More »

Poor parents have right to representation when challenging private adoptions, NJ Supreme Court rules

The New Jersey Supreme Court unanimously recognized a right to free legal representation for low-income parents challenging private adoptions of their children. This Supreme Court decision found for the first time in New Jersey that low-income parents have a right to counsel in proceedings to end parental rights, even when the adoption is initiated by a private party. More »

Hudson County’s Renewed Immigration Enforcement Sends Chilling Message

Jersey City, NJ – Advocates throughout the state and Hudson County residents condemned Hudson County's decision on Friday to renew the 287(g) program at its jail. The decision came after two meetings with immigrants’ rights advocates and a series of private meetings with Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), the federal agency that administers 287(g) agreements. More »

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