Immigration Status: Do Hightstown Checks Go Too Far?

NEWARK – The American Civil Liberties Union of New Jersey sent a letter to Hightstown Mayor Lawrence Quattrone asking him to clarify Hightstown Police Department policy in light of remarks attributed to him in a Times of Trenton news story with the headline: Hightstown mayor: We are not a ‘sanctuary city.’ More »

ACLU-NJ Cheers Signing of S2003, Juvenile Justice Reform Legislation

The historic reforms to New Jersey's juvenile justice system signed into law today will make us fairer, smarter, and safer. Solitary confinement of juveniles is a practice that has no place in our state and should only be used as a very last resort. More »

ACLU-NJ Demands Release of Officer Names in Shooting of Trenton Teen

NEWARK – The American Civil Liberties Union of New Jersey today sent a letter to state Acting Attorney General John Hoffman urging the release of further information about the shooting of 14-year-old Radazz Hearns, including the names of the state trooper and Mercer County sheriff’s officer who were involved in the shooting in Trenton on August 7. More »

Police Body Camera Directive Raises Concern

NEWARK – "The Attorney General directive released today on police use of body cameras falls short of what’s needed to create police accountability in New Jersey. While it contains some important safeguards, it fails to address those very concerns that have triggered the public’s desire for body cameras in the first place,” said Udi Ofer, Executive Director of the ACLU of New Jersey. More »

NJ Wrong to Defend Taxpayer Grants to Yeshiva, Seminary

NEWARK – The ACLU of New Jersey, the ACLU and Americans United for Separation of Church and State submitted written arguments challenging New Jersey’s rationale for awarding more than $11 million in taxpayer funds to two higher education institutions dedicated to religious training and instruction. NJ Attorney General John Hoffman defended the state grants to the Lakewood Yeshiva Beth Medrash Gohova and the Princeton Theological Seminary in a brief dated June 10, 2015, in the lawsuit ACLU-NJ v. Hendricks. More »

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