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.
- November 29, 2018 New Policy Limits Aid to ICE, Protecting Rights & Safety in NJ
- October 29, 2018 Middlesex County Implements Solitary Confinement Reforms
- October 16, 2018 Ed Barocas, an NJ Legal Giant, Retires as ACLU-NJ Legal Director
- October 11, 2018 Statement Regarding the Detention of Immigrants at Hudson County Correctional Facility
- May 30, 2018 Solitary Survivors & Former UN Official to Share Stories at Event
- January 19, 2018 ACLU-NJ Brief: Phone Company Doesn't Have a 'Right' To Prey on Incarcerated for Profits
- January 8, 2018 NJ Prison Ban on “The New Jim Crow” is Unconstitutional and Unconscionable
- December 20, 2017 New ACLU-NJ Guide Helps Families Steer Children From Justice System
- December 13, 2017 ACLU-NJ Unveils Vision for Shrinking Mass Incarceration
- October 19, 2017 ACLU-NJ Scorecard Shows Mixed Civil Liberties Records
- 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. Christie
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.
- Bornstein v. County of Monmouth
County jail requests to seal court record of video footage of the last hours of an inmate’s life.
- State v. Steele
New Jersey’s current system of pre-trial detention and release unfairly penalizes poor defendants
- 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.