Christie Approves Racial Impact Statements, with Minor Changes, to Shed Light on Inequities

July 14, 2017

If the Legislature approves Christie’s changes, proposed criminal justice policies would have to project their impact on communities of color.

Transparency Victory: NJ Supreme Court Largely Sides with Police Accountability

July 11, 2017

The ACLU-NJ cheered a unanimous decision that the New Jersey Supreme Court issued today concerning police accountability in North Jersey Media Group v. Lyndhurst, a pivotal case that will play a large role in shaping police transparency in New Jersey.

ACLU-NJ to NJ: Don’t Hand Voter Info to Sham Commission

July 5, 2017

The ACLU-NJ has sent a letter to New Jersey Division of Elections Director Robert Giles urging New Jersey to reject the request from Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach on behalf of a federal Presidential Advisory Commission that asked all 50 states for expansive voter information.

NJ Law Journal Names ACLU-NJ Senior Staff Attorney its ‘Attorney of the Year’

June 22, 2017

The American Civil Liberties Union of New Jersey today announced its senior staff attorney, Alexander Shalom, was named Attorney of the Year by the New Jersey Law Journal.

NJ United for Marijuana Reform Coalition Members Testify at Marijuana Legalization Hearing

June 19, 2017

Key members of the New Jersey United for Marijuana Reform coalition testified at a legislative hearing to discuss a bill to legalize, tax and regulate marijuana for adults in New Jersey. Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Senator Nicholas Scutari convened the hearing to discuss S3195, which would make possession of marijuana legal for adults 21 and older.

ACLU-NJ Report Reveals Deep Racial Disparities in NJ Marijuana Arrests

June 15, 2017

Black New Jerseyans were arrested at a rate three times higher than whites between 2000 and 2013 despite similar usage rates, an ACLU-NJ report released today found.

Missing: 39,527 New Jersey Voters

June 6, 2017

It’s election season in New Jersey. With so many candidates from both parties vying for a place on the ballot for the June 6 gubernatorial primary, each vote matters more than ever. New Jersey’s laws on felony disenfranchisement raise the stakes in elections because they deprive people with criminal convictions of their right to vote if they’re incarcerated or under state supervision.

ICE presence at courthouses deters witness and victims, jeopardizing safety

June 5, 2017

The ACLU-NJ joined immigration lawyers and advocates in offering testimony on U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement ICE arrests of undocumented individuals at New Jersey state courthouses.

We Need School in Prison, and States Must Take the Lead

June 2, 2017

Earlier in May, the Trump administration fired Amy Lopez, the first superintendent of the education system in the federal Bureau of Prisons, a position created by President Barack Obama.

Marijuana Bill Could Curb Race Disparities & Raise Revenue

May 15, 2017

A bill legalizing marijuana for adults could curb arrest disparities & raise $100s of millions. But any bill must address injustices of prohibition.

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