The population in American prisons and jails has tripled in the past 15 years with the predictable consequence that facilities are overcrowded; medical systems are overwhelmed; work, education, and treatment programs are inadequate; and idleness and stress lead to greater levels of violence. We have fought and continue to fight these conditions through successful litigation on behalf of prisoners.
- January 12, 2021 State of the State Response: 2021 Will Build on Civil Rights Expansions of 2020
- November 4, 2020 Groundbreaking Public Health Credit Law Goes Into Effect, Releasing People Near End of Prison Sentences to Reduce COVID-19 Exposure for Thousands in NJ
- October 18, 2020 NJ Public Health Credits Law Signed, Setting National Standard for COVID-19 in Prisons
- August 27, 2020 Senate Passes Pandemic Credit Bill to Release People Nearing End of Prison Sentences
- April 10, 2020 ACLU-NJ Statement on Gov. Murphy’s Announced First Step to Lower Prison Population
- April 1, 2020 In Response to ACLU-NJ Lawsuit, ICE Releases Two People from Detention
- March 30, 2020 ACLU Lawsuit Demands Release of High Medical Risk Immigration Detainees Amid COVID-19 Pandemic
- January 14, 2020 Historic Expansion of Rights Lays Foundation for Bolder Social Justice Policies
- January 9, 2020 Law Signed That Establishes Oversight of Prisons and Helps Incarcerated Parents Maintain Family Bonds
- December 18, 2019 Dec. 16 was 'one of the most important days for civil rights in NJ history'
- Arriaga Reyes, et al. v. Decker, et al.
Habeas corpus petition seeking release from ICE custody on behalf of five individuals held at the Hudson County and Bergen County Jails based on their medical vulnerabilities to COVID-19.
- Salazar, et al. v. Tsoukaris, et al.
Habeas corpus petition seeking release from ICE custody on behalf of two individuals held at the Essex County Correctional Facility based on their medical vulnerabilities to COVID-19.
- Wragg, et al. v. Ortiz, et al.
Federal habeas class action on behalf of people confined at FCI Fort Dix who are especially vulnerable to COVID-19.
- State v. Jackson
Amicus brief arguing that prosecutors must secure a warrant in order to obtain recorded jail calls.
- Abdur-Raheem v. New Jersey Department of Corrections
Challenge to the DOC policy prohibiting outgoing calls to cell phones.
- Pangemanan et al. v. Tsoukaris et al.
The ACLU-NJ filed a federal class action lawsuit seeking a temporary restraining order halting the deportations of Indonesian Christian residents of Central Jersey.
- C-Pod Inmates of Middlesex County v. Middlesex County
This lawsuit challenged solitary confinement practices at the Middlesex County Jail in “C-Pod”, a unit specifically for solitary confinement.
- 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.
- Colon v. Passaic County
Ongoing monitoring of settlement agreement with Passaic County requiring remedies for unsafe conditions at the Passaic County Jail.
- Adam X v. New Jersey Department of Corrections and Department of Education
Challenge to DOC for failing to provide appropriate education to students with special education needs in violation of IDEA.
- Marijuana Legalization
Legalizes possession and personal use of small amounts of Marijuana for persons age 21 and over.
- Medical Parole Expansion
Expands eligibility of medical parole to prisoners determined to be permanently incapable for performing basic daily functions of life and in need of 24-hour medical attention; creates presumption of release; requires medical parolees be provided assistance in applying for Medicaid upon release; requires Parole board to collect data on medical parole grants and denials.
- Comprehensive Juvenile Justice Reform
Raises the minimum age for waivers from 14 to 15; eliminates some less serious crimes from the list of offenses subject to waiver; creates presumption that waived juveniles remain housed with juveniles until age 21; provides right to counsel and enhances due process protections before juveniles can be transferred from juvenile detention centers to adult prisons; eliminates use of solitary confinement except to protect health, safety, or the operation of a facility; mandates data collection and public reporting regarding the use of waiver and solitary confinement.
- Ending Prison-Based Gerrymandering
Requires that the incarcerated persons be counted at their last known address before prison for political redistricting purposes, not the location where they are confined.