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New Jersey Hit with Major Lawsuit Arguing It Must End School Segregation

Colleen O'Dea | May 18, 2018 | Education, Social

Legal action — led by former justice of state Supreme Court — looks to strike down law requiring students attend schools in their own communities

Segregation in New Jersey, Neither Chance nor Accident

Colleen O'Dea | May 17, 2018 | Social
Message to governor, argues author and fair-housing advocate, lead the push to truly integrate the Garden State
New Jersey First State in Line to Ban Marriage for those Under 18
Colleen O'Dea | May 3, 2018 | Social
Despite some Republican opposition, there’s bipartisan support for effort to prevent teenagers, young girls especially, from being forced into unwanted unions
Program to Feed Hungry Kids, Families Should Build on Strong Foundation
Colleen O'Dea | April 30, 2018 | Social
Child and Adult Care Food Program is getting job done, according to report, but could reach more children and parents if it made needed reforms
NJ's Top Court Ends Lifetime Registration for Minors Under Megan’s Law
Colleen O'Dea | April 25, 2018 | Social
Unanimous ruling says requiring juvenile sex offenders to register and notify their communities for life is violation of due process
Making Life a Little Easier for Women — or Any Parent — Serving Time in Prison
Colleen O'Dea | April 24, 2018 | Social
High-profile arrests of prison guards charged with sexual assault in state’s only women’s prison draw attention to problems some lawmakers say have been neglected too long
McGreevey to Fight Murphy’s ‘Catastrophic’ Cuts to Prisoner Re-Entry Program
Carly Sitrin | April 3, 2018 | Social
As rehabilitation efforts gain ground in other states, current governor’s withdrawal of funding for NJ nonprofit backed by his predecessor is ‘inexplicable’
New Jersey’s Troubling Trend, Increase in Bias and Hate Crimes
Colleen O'Dea | April 2, 2018 | Social
State attorney general says rise in reported incidents partly the result of country’s ‘political leaders’ who countenance ‘intolerance and hatred’
Hungry Kids Can’t Learn: Feeding More Students Breakfast, Lunch at School
Colleen O'Dea | March 27, 2018 | Social
A package of bills seeks to expand number of poor and low-income students getting federally funded meals at school, track those not being fed
Newark Airport Workers Cheer as Port Authority Votes for $19 Minimum Wage
Colleen O'Dea | March 23, 2018 | Social
The increase would be phased in, culminating in 2023. No word yet on cost of the proposal
Judge Reduces Power of Newark Police Review Board
WNYC News | March 16, 2018 | Social
Disappointed Mayor Ras Baraka vows to appeal ‘setback to criminal justice reform’
Opening Another Front in NJ's War Against Hunger and Homelessness
Colleen O'Dea | March 6, 2018 | Social
A trio of bills intended to reverse the inaction of the Christie years extends benefits to state's most vulnerable citizens when they're in crisis
Should Felons Be Stripped of Their Right to Vote?
Colleen O'Dea | February 27, 2018 | Social
Lawmakers and activists are working to repeal a 174-year-old law that prevents those convicted of serious crimes from voting — even if they're on probation or parole
Cautious NJ Lawmakers Propose Decriminalizing Marijuana in Small Amounts
Carly Sitrin | February 16, 2018 | Social
State senators stop well short of governor’s preference to legalize the drug in New Jersey, voice concerns about social-justice implications
After One Year, NJ Evaluates Judicial Reform Program
Colleen O'Dea | February 14, 2018 | Social
Report indicates pretrial population dipped by 20 percent, but advocates call for more data on race of defendants detained, released, and released with conditions
Business Task Force Hopes to Transform New Jersey into Millennial Magnet
John Reitmeyer | January 26, 2018 | Budget, Social, Planning
The Garden State has the highest millennial outmigration in the country, but attention to education, tuition, and vocational training could go a long way to turning things around
Making It Easier for Ex-Offenders to Make a Clean Start
Colleen O'Dea | December 21, 2017 | Social
Thanks to a trio of bills just enacted, expunging a criminal record can be done sooner and for a greater number of offenses, a particular boon to youthful offenders
Should New Jersey Give the Vote to Convicted Felons?
Carly Sitrin | December 15, 2017 | Social
One of the earliest civil rights decisions the new governor is likely to face is whether to award felons the right to vote — whether they’re in prison, on parole, or on probation
Easing Prisoner Reentry by Making It Easier for Ex-Offenders to Find Jobs
Colleen O'Dea | November 22, 2017 | Social
Program would issue certificates certifying that former inmates are employable, would also help them find public-sector work or get state-issued licenses
Pushing Ahead with Reforms to New Jersey’s Criminal Justice System
John Reitmeyer | November 6, 2017 | Social
Final report in ‘Crossroads NJ’ series argues state must address disparities in number of whites and blacks serving time in prison, among other issues
Governor’s Race 2017: Candidates Sharply Divided on Crime, Social Justice
Mark J. Bonamo | November 3, 2017 | Social, Elections 2017, Governor's Race 2017
Perhaps no other issues throw the candidates in such bold relief as policing, guns and gun violence, undocumented immigrants, and legalizing marijuana
More than Skin Deep: Structural Racism and Poverty in New Jersey
Colleen O'Dea | September 20, 2017 | Social
Ingrained policies and structures keep blacks and Hispanics from succeeding economically, politically, and personally, new report argues
Algorithm, Key to NJ Bail Reform, Has Both Supporters and Detractors
NJTV News Online | September 14, 2017 | Social
Advocates of new system say the numbers show it’s working but it’s already the subject of lawsuits
Prison Re-entry Group Outlines Blueprint to Benefit Former Inmates
Lilo H. Stainton | September 7, 2017 | Healthcare, Social
Former Gov. McGreevey and other ex-execs offer blueprint for economic, health gains
2 Maplewood Cops Put on Leave After Possible Bias Incident
WNYC News | August 7, 2017 | Social
Videotape allegedly shows black teens ‘herded like cattle’ to town border after July 4 celebration
State’s Top Court Rules Witnesses Not Required at Pretrial Hearings
Colleen O'Dea | August 2, 2017 | Social
In a move to further refine New Jersey’s criminal justice reform, Supreme Court says prosecution doesn’t have to call witnesses to determine if accused can be held in jail
Mother of Murder Victim Sues to End NJ’s Criminal Justice Reform
Colleen O'Dea | August 1, 2017 | Social
June Rodgers’ lawsuit — which names Christie, AG Porrino and others — claims bail reform put son’s killer on the street, even though he was a repeat offender
Synagogues Show Solidarity with Detained Immigrants on Holy Day
WNYC News | August 1, 2017 | Social
Holy day reminds Jews what it is like to be exiles, to be strangers in a strange land
Shrinking School Districts in NJ a Sign of Millennial Shift?
Route 40 | August 1, 2017 | Social
Out-migration and a move toward urban areas account for changing enrollment numbers in many New Jersey school districts
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
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