Religious Freedom

chklt_relig_100: Religious Freedom

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.

Legal Cases

  • State v. Alessi
    Amicus brief challenging the constitutionality of detaining without probable cause people suspected of past completed crimes.
  • State v. Hyman
    Amicus brief arguing that evidence of drug dealing away from a person’s home is insufficient to justify a search of the home.
  • State v. Jackson
    Amicus brief arguing that prosecutors must secure a warrant in order to obtain recorded jail calls.
  • State v. K.S.
    When can prosecutor’s delay speedy trial to ensure the same prosecutor stays on the case?
  • State v. Frater, et al.
    When can the State get more time to indict?
  • State v. Manning
    Application of emergency exception to obtain cell phone records
  • State v. Hawkins
    Amicus brief challenging probation revocations made by judges
  • State v. Carter, Azmar
    When police tell a person to stop, must the person stop?
  • State v. Byrd et al.
    Can a person be prosecuted in New Jersey where death occurs in New York?
  • State v. A.M.
    Can police obtain a Miranda waiver by asking someone to read if they have not established the person can read?

Legislative Efforts

  • 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.




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