Economic Justice

Access to the basic necessities of life is often a condition for exercising our rights and freedoms. The ACLU-NJ defends the rights of the poor.

Legal Cases

  • P.D. v. Middlesex County
    The ACLU-NJ represents P.D., a pretrial detainee with mental illness who, after being unable to make bail, was held in solitary confinement for more than four months.
  • Kneisser v. McInerney
    Challenge to a man put in jail for not paying a fine for littering same day as court date.
  • In re N.J.A.C. 6A:8
    Challenge to discriminatory regulations requiring certain scores on PARCC standardized tests to receive diploma.
  • State v. Melendez
  • State v. Dickerson
    Amicus brief challenge to the proper scope of pretrial detention discovery.
  • Securus v. New Jersey State
    Amicus brief in support of a motion to dismiss a challenge brought by one phone vendor, Securus, to a state law that caps phone rates in correctional facilities and prohibits facility commissions from vendors.
  • Holland et al. v. Rosen et al.
    Amicus brief, joined by the National ACLU and other civil rights group, in challenge to a federal lawsuit challenging bail reform.
  • New Jersey Citizens United v. Federal Housing Finance Agency
    FOIA request for information needed for advocacy was denied
  • Tumpson v. Farina
    Plaintiffs who prevailed in a legal action under the New Jersey Civil Rights Act were denied attorney’s fees
  • State v. Steele
    New Jersey’s current system of pre-trial detention and release unfairly penalizes poor defendants

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