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Pretrial Justice Reform in New Jersey Is Working, New Data Show

May 4, 2017

The number of people unnecessarily detained while awaiting trial has dropped dramatically in NJ, showing the success of pretrial justice reform.

Making New Jersey’s Cities Fair and Welcoming

April 14, 2017

In New Jersey alone, undocumented immigrants pay about $587 million in taxes every year, the sixth highest in the country. Nationwide, that number rises to $11.7 billion. This tax money builds roads, funds education, and supports the military – for all of us. Immigrants are a part of our communities, a part of our tax base, and part of civic life. All people, no matter their status, deserve cities that are fair and welcoming.

Appeal Filed Against Charter School Renewal in Segregated District

April 12, 2017

Civil rights and community groups officially filed to appeal the New Jersey Department of Education’s decision to renew the charter of Red Bank Charter School, which has shown striking signs of segregation throughout the years. When the NJDOE considers renewing a charter, New Jersey law requires the state to take into account whether the charter school causes segregation in the district where the school is located.

Vigil Thursday to Support Afghan Visa Holder Before Detention Hearing

April 5, 2017

A diverse group of veterans, clergy, advocates, attorneys, and allies will hold a vigil for Abdul, an Afghan man who received a Special Immigrant Visa for his service to the U.S. forces after he was targeted by anti-American Taliban militants. Abdul, currently detained by ICE while he fights for asylum, has a parole hearing Friday morning. At his hearing, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement will decide whether to keep Abdul in jail or whether to temporarily release him while he seeks asylum and asks the government to reissue his visa.

ACLU-NJ Pushes for Release of Afghan Special Immigrant Visa Holder

March 31, 2017

An Afghan man who received a Special Immigrant Visa for his service to the U.S. forces has cleared a critical hurdle in his fight to avoid deportation to Afghanistan, where he has been targeted by anti-American Taliban militants. On March 24, the U.S. government found that the man has a credible asylum claim because of his service to our Armed Forces. This ruling protects him from immediate removal, but he now faces the prospect of months in immigration detention while he continues his quest for protection in the U.S

ACLU-NJ Defends Process for Pretrial Detainees at NJ Supreme Court

March 29, 2017

TRENTON – The ACLU of New Jersey argued at the New Jersey Supreme Court for due process in detention hearings after the state deprived a man of the right to fact-based discovery before his detention. The case, State v. Habeeb Robinson, concerns a defendant’s right to see materials that the state had used as justification to detain him.

Category: Criminal Justice

When the Right to Remain Silent Depends on the Person's Race

March 22, 2017

S.S., a Black man in his early 20s, was interrogated about an alleged offense for about an hour before he said, "No, that's all I got to say. That's it." But the interrogation continued. He told the police he was done speaking two more times. The police officers tried to coax a confession, telling him, "I know there's something you need to get out."

Appeals Court Halts Deportation of Detained Afghan Who Helped U.S. Military

March 16, 2017

A man from Afghanistan who assisted the U.S. military will not be deported after winning a temporary emergency order allowing him to stay in the country pending further proceedings. The United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit issued a temporary emergency stay March 15 preventing the deportation of John Doe, a citizen of Afghanistan who sought to enter the United States on a Special Immigrant Visa, also referred to as an SIV, at Newark Liberty International Airport.

ACLU-NJ to Appeal Discriminatory Charter School’s Renewal

March 2, 2017

Civil rights and community groups today slammed the New Jersey Department of Education (NJDOE) for renewing Red Bank Charter School’s (RBCS) charter for another five years despite widespread evidence of discrimination based on race and ethnicity. The ACLU of New Jersey, the Latino Coalition of New Jersey, and Fair Schools Red Bank announced plans to appeal the decision in court.

Hudson Prosecutor Routinely Violates Rights in Forfeitures

February 24, 2017

The Hudson County Prosecutor's Office routinely deprives people of due process after their property has been seized, the ACLU-NJ said today in a court filing challenging the county's civil asset forfeiture practices. The County Prosecutor's Office unlawfully combines unrelated civil asset forfeiture cases together, resulting in court fees that often exceed the value of the property taken, making it nearly impossible for people to challenge the seizures.

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