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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
Without Aid, College Still ‘Dream Deferred’ for Many Undocumented Students
Hank Kalet | May 4, 2015 | Education
Recent changes in the law let unauthorized immigrants pay in-state tuition, but without needs-based financial assistance higher education can still be out of reach
Paid Sick Leave in Jersey City Off to Healthy Start, Rutgers Report Concludes
Hank Kalet | April 10, 2015 | Healthcare, Social
But business leaders argue that at one-year anniversary it’s too soon to understand full import of policy
Advocates Challenge Local Ordinances Targeting New Jersey’s Homeless
Hank Kalet | April 2, 2015 | Social
Successful challenge to New Brunswick panhandling ban spurs statewide look at municipal ordinances deemed violations of free-speech rights
Christie Turns Back on NJ Immigrants in Bid for GOP Right, Critics Contend
Hank Kalet | March 30, 2015 | Politics, Social
Governor signs on to amicus brief asking court to block Obama policy to allow some unlawful immigrant children, parents to stay in country
Profile: Bob and The Boss, Working in Concert for More Than 15 Years
Hank Kalet | January 14, 2015 | Profiles
Bob Benjamin, founder of the Light of Day Foundation, has attracted some of the top names in music to play for his charity
Conditional Veto Could Gut Affordable-Housing Policies, Advocates Say
Hank Kalet | September 12, 2014 | Politics, Housing
Governor argues that it’s time for Legislature to significantly revise New Jersey’s landmark law
Does Paid Sick Leave Have Healthy Chance of Approval in New Jersey?
Hank Kalet | August 15, 2014 | Social
Outcome of efforts to enact local ordinances may determine prospects for statewide law
Explainer: SNAP Helps 1 in 10 New Jersey Residents Put Food on Table
Hank Kalet | August 5, 2014 | Explainer
Food stamps program was renamed, in part, to reflect Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program’s focus on healthier diet
The List: 10 Best Places to See Indie Bands in the Garden State
Hank Kalet | July 21, 2014 | The List
New Jersey’s vibrant music scene continues to offer a showcase for bands on the rise
Taking a Bigger Bite Out of Wage Theft in the Garden State
Hank Kalet | July 17, 2014 | Social
Local ordinances let two NJ towns refuse to renew licenses of businesses found guilty of wage theft, while stronger state law is in the works
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