Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof…
— First Amendment
Religious freedom is the right to practice the religion of one's choice or no religion at all. The First Amendment of the Bill of Rights protects religious freedom by keeping religion free from government interference and coercion.
- October 16, 2018 Ed Barocas, an NJ Legal Giant, Retires as ACLU-NJ Legal Director
- May 9, 2018 Afghan Refugee is Freed After Unjust Yearlong Detention
- May 2, 2018 Yeshiva & Seminary Ruling Means Advocates Can Show How Taxpayer $ Goes To Religious Training
- January 24, 2017 ACLU-NJ to Muslim Orgs: We’re Ready to Defend Your Rights
- May 26, 2016 Landmark Ruling Halts Unconstitutional Taxpayer Funding of NJ Yeshiva and Seminary
- May 13, 2016 Denial of Mosque Permit Violated Law, Argues ACLU-NJ
- April 11, 2016 Court Hears Challenge to Millions Promised By NJ Government to Divinity Schools
- January 5, 2016 School Stops Having Children Say “God Bless America” After Pledge
- October 13, 2015 Court Upholds Right to Challenge NYPD Surveillance Program
- July 21, 2015 NJ is Wrong in Defending Taxpayer Grants to Yeshiva, Seminary
- 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.
- State v. Comer
Challenge to the constitutionality of the use of de facto sentences of life without parole for juveniles.
- State v. J.L.G.
Amicus brief challenge to the use of the scientific reliability of so-called Child Sexual Abuse Accommodation Syndrome
- State v. Green
Case addressing applicability of requirement that police record details of identification procedure to electronic databases.
- N.J. Division of Child Protection v. J.J.
Amicus brief in support of the right to self-representation in termination of parental rights cases.
- Ganzweig v. Ocean Co. Prosecutor’s Office
Amicus brief in support of a person who requested a police dashcam recording under the Open Public Records Act.
- State v. Rodriguez
Petition for Certification addressing the requirements of criminal lawyers to advise their clients of immigration consequences of guilty pleas.
- Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights v. Atlantic City Board of Education
Challenge to the Board of Ed.'s refusal to comply with OPRA requests from out of state requestors.
- Latino Coalition, Fair Schools Red Bank v. Red Bank Charter School
Challenge to the re-chartering of Red Bank Charter School due to segregative impact.
- Bail System Reform
Moves New Jersey’s bail system to a risk-based one and away from a wealth-based system.
- Marijuana Decriminalization
Removes possession of 50 grams or less of marijuana from the list of disorderly persons offenses and creates a $50 civil penalty for such possession.
- “Ban the Box”
Prohibits employers from conducting a criminal history inquiry of a job applicant until after a conditional offer
- DNA Collection for Low-Level Offenses
Requires law enforcement to collect DNA samples from adults and juveniles convicted of certain non-criminal disorderly person offenses.
- Sex Offender Banishment Ordinances
Permits municipalities to enact ordinances preventing individuals convicted of certain sex offenses from living within 500 feet of a school, child-care center, or playground.
- Campaign Contribution and Expenditure Disclosure
Extends election expenditure reporting requirements to certain non-profit advocacy organizations.
- Tuition Equality
Makes undocumented students who studied for three or more years at and graduated from NJ high schools, or obtained GED, eligible for in-state tuition and financial aid at NJ state colleges and universities.
- Transgender Birth Certificate Discrimination
Creates standards for amending the sex of a person on a birth certificate and eliminates the sex reassignment surgery requirement.
- Drone Regulation
Creates strong privacy protections for New Jerseyans regarding law enforcement agencies’ use of drones for surveillance purposes.
- Exposure of Birth Parent Identities to Adoptees
Grants adoptees and certain other persons access to original birth documents.
- Feb 9, 2007 ACLU Religious Freedom Expert to Visit Princeton