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Governor’s Race 2017: Angry Accusations, Real Differences on Immigration
Hank Kalet | October 24, 2017 | Politics, Elections 2017, Governor's Race 2017
Democratic candidate Murphy wants to protect undocumented New Jerseyans. Republican Guadagno says his policies would put other residents at risk
Renewed Calls for Monitor After 2 Deaths at Hudson County Jail
Hank Kalet | August 15, 2017 | Immigration
Advocates claim inadequate medical care led to death of Rolando Espinoza, an immigrant detainee
Trying to Bring NJ’s Antipoverty Program into the 21st Century
Hank Kalet | July 14, 2017 | Social
Benefits for Work First New Jersey — the state’s welfare program — have been stagnant for 30 years. Legislation has been sent to the governor to address the issue
NJ’s Patchwork of Immigration Policies Works Against Undocumented
Hank Kalet | June 26, 2017 | Immigration
When an undocumented resident is arrested, whether they’re issued a summons or taken to county jail while ICE is contacted is a matter of jurisdiction
NJ ‘Sanctuary Cities’ Say They Won't Bow to President’s Threat to Cut Federal Aid
Hank Kalet | January 30, 2017 | Immigration
Officials says if they capitulated, immigrants would be fearful of government and that would make policing more difficult
Amendment to Boost Minimum Wage Not Likely on 2017 Ballot
Hank Kalet | December 20, 2016 | Social
Disagreements among Democratic sponsors prevent bill from being posted to last legislative agenda for this year
Will NJ’s Undocumented Students Be Punished for Following the Rules?
Hank Kalet | December 19, 2016 | Immigration
They signed up for a program that deferred deportation — one that President-elect Trump wants to dismantle. Will the government use their personal data to track them down?
Solitary Confinement: Cruel and Usual Punishment in NJ’s Prisons
Hank Kalet | December 8, 2016 | Social
The governor says the state doesn’t use solitary confinement, but is this a matter of semantics that lets New Jersey hide behind words and narrow definitions?
Separation Anxiety: How Deportation Divides Immigrant Families
Hank Kalet | November 30, 2016 | Immigration
Unauthorized immigrants live in fear that a husband or wife will be deported and then blocked from legal reentry, even if there are children living in the United States
In Wake of Recent Police Shootings, Activists Step Up Calls for Accountability
Hank Kalet | November 28, 2016 | Social
Can Legislature take some of the edge off the issue by mandating independent prosecutor to oversee investigations of police-related shootings?
Curbing Use of Solitary Confinement in NJ Correctional Facilities
Hank Kalet | October 24, 2016 | Social
‘Close custody’ can exacerbate or trigger mental-health problems, reduce prisoners’ chances of successful reintegration in communities
NJ Activists Want More Transparency for Police-Related Shootings
Hank Kalet | August 16, 2016 | Social
One proposal would put state attorney general — rather than county prosecutor — in charge of sending cases to grand jury
Without Welfare Increases, NJ's Safety Net Is in Tatters
Hank Kalet | June 30, 2016 | Social
In a cruel irony, the administration’s reinterpretation of the rules denies emergency assistance to the poor because they are poor
Prisoners of Fear: NJ’s Undocumented Immigrants
Hank Kalet | June 16, 2016 | Social, Immigration
Recent roundups and immigration police activity have locals afraid to leave their houses to shop, work, or take kids to school
NJ’s Troubled Cities: Shrinking Tax Bases, Growing Need for Basic Services
Hank Kalet | May 20, 2016 | Social
Experts indicate that city dwellers typically pay a greater proportion of their income in municipal taxes than do their counterparts in wealthier suburbs
Why Is It So Tough to Track Police Shootings in the Garden State?
Hank Kalet | April 18, 2016 | Social
The lack of hard data makes it difficult for law enforcement to do its job, raises mistrust and suspicion in local communities
Earned Sick-Time Mandates Exhibit Healthy Growth at Municipal Level
Hank Kalet | March 30, 2016 | More Issues
Facing a near-certain veto from the governor, workers rights advocates are spreading the word -- and their sick-leave policies -- town by town
Profile: Former Addict Pays It Forward By Giving Back to Group That Helped Her
Hank Kalet | March 23, 2016 | Profiles
‘Chef Pam’ Johnson makes sure that Elijah’s Promise delivers far more than a nutritious meal to the food kitchen’s guests
Advocates Urge Lifting Ban on Welfare Aid for Those Guilty of Drug Distribution
Hank Kalet | January 15, 2016 | More Issues, Social
Removing restriction on getting public assistance touted as way to help those who have served their time become productive members of society
Work Without Wages: Helping Immigrants Fight Unscrupulous Bosses
Hank Kalet | November 25, 2015 | Social
New Labor advocates for workers and lobbies local governments to pass ordinances preventing wage theft. It’s taking its fight to the state government as well
Will Democrats Continue Dominance in Three Essex County Districts?
Hank Kalet | October 29, 2015 | Politics, Elections 2015
Voters in the 27th and 28th districts haven’t elected Republicans to the Assembly in decades – and GOP has never won an Assembly seat in the 29th
Democrats in 40th District Face Campaign Cash Gap, History of Republican Wins
Hank Kalet | October 14, 2015 | Politics, Elections 2015
GOP dominance dates back to Nixon years; two other North Jersey districts, the 26th and the 39th, are also Republican strongholds
Solitary Confinement in New Jersey’s Prisons: Cruel and Usual Punishment
Hank Kalet | August 13, 2015 | Social
Isolating inmates can lead to PTSD and paranoia; new legislation could reduce the use of ‘close custody’ and put outside oversight in place
Explainer: What Happens When Police Are Involved in a Shooting in NJ?
Hank Kalet | August 4, 2015 | Explainer
Whether or not anyone is hurt or killed, the attorney general’s Shooting Response Team steps in and conducts a probe
The List: I Hear NJ Singing -- The Varied Poetic Voices of the Garden State
Hank Kalet | August 3, 2015 | The List
From Amiri Baraka to William Carlos Williams, from Allen Ginsberg to Walt Whitman, New Jersey has been home and host to some of the country’s best poets
Business Groups, Worker Advocates At Odds Over Local ‘Wage-Theft’ Laws
Hank Kalet | July 24, 2015 | More Issues
Ordinances in five towns threaten loss of licenses; businesses say rules could backfire, resulting in loss of jobs and hurting economy
NJ Summer Nutrition Program Helps Feed Poor Kids When School’s Out
Hank Kalet | July 20, 2015 | Education
Anti-hunger advocates argue streamlining and simplifying program would let it reach far more hungry children
Could Christie’s Record on Gay Marriage Hurt Him With Conservatives, Liberals?
Hank Kalet | June 29, 2015 | Politics, Social
Does Christie have an identity issue that could hurt him in the primaries -- too conservative for moderates, too liberal for the right?
Proposed Gun Laws Take Aim at Domestic Abuse, But From Two Different Angles
Hank Kalet | June 22, 2015 | More Issues, Social
Democrats seek to take all weapons away from abusers while GOP calls for making easier for victims to get gun permits
Helping Undocumented Immigrants Get on the Road to Economic Stability
Hank Kalet | June 8, 2015 | Social
Coalition of advocacy groups asks towns, counties to endorse bill allowing those in this country illegally to apply for driver’s licenses
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