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ACLU-NJ Petitions for Immediate Release of Afghan Refugee Who Worked for U.S.

August 15, 2017

Special Immigrant Visa holder, a Muslim citizen of Afghanistan and five-year employee of U.S. government, was detained March 13 despite valid authorization.

ACLU-NJ, Civil Rights Groups Push Back in Bail Industry Challenge to Pretrial Justice Reforms

July 28, 2017

The American Civil Liberties Union of New Jersey, joined by the national ACLU and several other civil rights groups, submitted a brief on July 28 opposing a federal lawsuit brought by plaintiffs challenging New Jersey’s pretrial justice reforms that went into effect in January.

Category: Criminal Justice

Victory: Detained Nurse’s Ebola Suit Secures Due Process

July 27, 2017

Kaci Hickox's suit against Christie leads to a new 'Bill of Rights' for quarantines in NJ.

Category: Additional Issues

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.

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