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.
- 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'
- December 16, 2019 Bill to Restore Vote for People on Parole and Probation Passes, But We Must Re-enfranchise Incarcerated People
- November 6, 2019 ACLU-NJ: Legislators, Don’t Leave Unfinished Business – Pass Key Social Justice Bills in Lame Duck
- 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.
- 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.
- State v. Mosley
Amicus brief in challenge to the probation revocation process in New Jersey.
- State v. Dickerson
Amicus brief challenge to the proper scope of pretrial detention discovery.
- Securus v. Murphy
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.
- 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.