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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
Money Still Makes Biggest Difference to Kids’ Wellbeing in NJ
Colleen O'Dea | July 10, 2017 | Social
But even wealthiest counties can improve in some ways while the poorest do surprisingly well in some aspects of education, health, and safety
Annual Survey of Homeless Indicates 5% Decrease in Past Year
NewsWorks.org | June 29, 2017 | Social
But chronic homelessness is on the rise, along with number of kids without families living on the streets
Newark Police to Get Revised Policies on Use of Force
NJTV News Online | June 29, 2017 | Social
Among other new rules, officers will be required to report the unholstering, exhibiting, or pointing of a firearm in the presence of the public
Expanded Family Leave Bill Reaches Christie, But Its Future Is Uncertain
Colleen O'Dea | June 28, 2017 | Social
Measure doubles amount of paid leave available, bumps up weekly payments, adds job protection
Female Boxing Champion Empowers Young Women to Talk About Fears
NJTV News Online | June 19, 2017 | Social
Mia St. John opens up about her struggles with drugs, alcoholism, and mental illness to demonstrate that problems are not weaknesses
Prieto, Sweeney: Separate Takes on Expanding Family Leave
Colleen O'Dea | May 24, 2017 | Politics, Social
Both favor boosting paid time off and increasing how much workers can collect while they’re not on the job — the differences are in the details
New Jersey Crafts Sexual Assault Victim’s Bill of Rights
Lilo H. Stainton | May 22, 2017 | Healthcare, Social
Bill would codify existing laws, ensure assault victims are treated with respect, dignity, and empathy
Assembly Committee Hears Good News About NJ Prison System
NJTV News Online | April 27, 2017 | Social
Key numbers are down, including prison population and recidivism rate
Dems Ask Court to Block Christie’s Change to Handgun-Carry Permit Rules
John Reitmeyer | April 4, 2017 | Social
Lawmakers say rule change loosens permit process and rides roughshod over the Legislature. Governor says his administration will prevail
Businesses Worry that Too Many Millennials Headed Out of New Jersey
John Reitmeyer | March 22, 2017 | Social
Millennials are leaving Garden State at a faster clip than any other group; that’s a concern for business groups, who want to keep them here
Zoning Issues or Islamophobia? Community Says 'No' to New Mosque
Matt Katz | WNYC News | March 10, 2017 | Social
After months of increasingly contentious community conversations in the lead-up to the vote, many supporters say this was a religiously motivated decision fueled by fear of Muslims
Mosque Rejected in New Jersey Amid Fear of 'Dangerous' Muslims
Matt Katz | WNYC News | March 8, 2017 | Social
Opponents said they had no problem with Muslims, Islam, or even a mosque — they just didn't think it should be in a quiet residential neighborhood.
We're Witnessing an Extraordinary Moment of Muslim-Jewish Solidarity
Matt Katz | WNYC News | March 7, 2017 | Social
This could well be the most public display of solidarity between people of Muslim and Jewish faiths in recent American history
NJ Police Are Stocking Up on Used Military Equipment
NJTV News Online | February 23, 2017 | Social
Police departments across the state have used a federal program to get $40 million of military surplus, including 196 Humvees
New Jersey Bail Reform Needs … Tweaking or Trashing?
NJTV News Online | February 21, 2017 | Social
Why are those in the criminal justice system so deeply divided on the state’s new approach to bail?
Coding for Community Helps Towns, Cities Develop Apps on Their Wish Lists
Colleen O'Dea | January 31, 2017 | Social
Contest for the state’s digerati puts tech skills at service of municipalities, along with a chance to take home some bankable prizes
Tears, Fears & Sierra Leone Soup at New Jersey's Refugee Cafe
Matt Katz |WNYC News | January 31, 2017 | Social
Business is good: Since President Donald Trump was inaugurated about twice as many people have been lunching at the restaurant — where refugees, asylees, and asylum seekers cook every meal
Bayonne Zoning Board Meets on Planned Mosque, Draws Hundreds for and Against
Matt Katz, WNYC News | January 25, 2017 | Social
After listening to five hours of testimony about proposed mosque-community center, board makes no decision
Supreme Court Ruling Means New Sentencing Guidelines for Juveniles
NJTV News Online | January 17, 2017 | Social
Now judges must consider factors such as age, family environment, and peer pressure when sentencing young offenders for violent crimes
NJ Supreme Court Rules Young Offenders Can’t Be Given Life Sentences
WNYC News | January 13, 2017 | Social
There are a number of juveniles in New Jersey serving life sentences, including one serving 100 years
‘Pink-Collar’ Jobs Among The Fastest-Growing In NJ And Other States
NJTV News Online | January 10, 2017 | Social
Expert says nursing, childcare, and home healthcare have one big advantage — they cannot be moved overseas
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