ACLU-NJ Statement in Response to FY2022 Proposed Budget and Address

February 23, 2021

The ACLU-NJ issues the following statement in reaction to New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy’s FY2022 proposed budget and address, delivered on Feb. 23, 2021.

Category: Uncategorized

Marijuana Legalization and Decriminalization Now Law

February 22, 2021

Advocates prepare for sustained efforts to guarantee true racial and social justice in implementation and regulation.

Category: Uncategorized

Following Committee Vote on Clean-up Bill, ACLU-NJ Pushes for Cannabis Legalization and Decriminalization to Go Into Law

February 19, 2021

The ACLU-NJ urged lawmakers to send a bill to the governor to reconcile youth consequences for cannabis use and possession,

Category: Criminal Justice

NJ Supreme Court Rules That People Can Challenge Prolonged Confinement In Light of Unprecedented Trial Delays Caused by the Pandemic

February 11, 2021

The New Jersey Supreme Court decided a case brought by the ACLU of New Jersey and the Office of the Public Defender that sought a process to challenge pretrial detention in light of long delays in the judicial system caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Category: Uncategorized

ACLU-NJ Urges Quick Passage of Cleanup Bill So Cannabis Legalization and Decriminalization Can Take Effect

January 29, 2021

Clean-up bill would amend legalization and decriminalization bills to address possession and use by young people.

Category: Uncategorized

State of the State Response: 2021 Will Build on Civil Rights Expansions of 2020

January 12, 2021

Following the State of the State address, the ACLU-NJ reflects on civil rights gains in 2020 and our key 2021 priorities.

‘Cleanup’ Bill Gets NJ Closer to Legalization and Decriminalization of Cannabis, with Some Changes to Consequences for Youth

January 7, 2021

New Jersey Assembly and Senate committees advanced legislation addressing some technical issues and altering youth penalties passed in last month’s cannabis legalization and decriminalization bills.

Category: Criminal Justice

New Use-of-Force Policy Emphasizes De-escalation and Transparency

December 21, 2020

AG’s policy requires officers resort to force as a last resort and document use-of-force to go into a state database, but robust AG enforcement must follow.

Category: Police Practices

New Jersey Legislature Passes Historic Bills to Implement Cannabis Legalization and Decriminalize Cannabis

December 17, 2020

In a historic victory for racial justice and civil rights, the New Jersey Legislature passed groundbreaking legislation to end the prohibition of cannabis, which has disproportionately harmed Black and brown communities.

Category: Criminal Justice

Legalization Bill Approved in Senate Committee Makes Strides Toward Community Reinvestment, But Additional Equity Measures Still Sought

December 14, 2020

Bill to be considered in the Assembly tomorrow and heads next to full floor votes in Senate and Assembly, anticipated for Thursday.

Category: Criminal Justice

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