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 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
- October 5, 2017 ACLU-NJ Cheers State Senate’s Yes Vote on Racial Impact Statements for Criminal Justice Proposals
- August 15, 2017 ACLU-NJ Petitions for Immediate Release of Afghan Refugee Who Worked for U.S.
- July 14, 2017 Christie Approves Racial Impact Statements, with Minor Changes, to Shed Light on Inequities
- June 22, 2017 NJ Law Journal Names ACLU-NJ Senior Staff Attorney its ‘Attorney of the Year’
- June 19, 2017 NJ United for Marijuana Reform Coalition Members Testify at Marijuana Legalization Hearing
- 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
- DYFS v. RG and JG
DYFS seeks to terminate parental rights of formerly incarcerated parent.
- Florence v. Burlington
Arrestees challenge Burlington County Jail strip search policy
- Colon v. Passaic County
Pre-Trial detainees held in overcrowded and unsanitary living conditions at the Passaic County Jail.
- Jones v. Hayman
Female prisoners transferred to a men’s maximum security prison where they received unconstitutional treatment.
- Warren Joseph v. Alberto Gonzalez
- Allah v. Brown
- 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.