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We’re Almost at the Finish Line with Our Crowdfunded Immigration Project
NJ Spotlight staff | March 4, 2016 | Social
We hope you'll help fund ‘In the Shadow of Liberty,’ NJ Spotlight’s year-long investigation into immigration in the most diverse state in the nation
Inmates Given Helping Hand in Tackling Challenges of Re-Entering Society
NJTV News | February 19, 2016 | More Issues, Social
Trenton-area branch of Volunteers of America assisted several thousand paroled prisoners last year alone
Why is NJ’s Poverty Rate So High? And What Can Be Done to Lower It?
Meir Rinde | January 28, 2016 | More Issues, Politics, Social
Legislative hearings address ineffective state programs and millions of residents who can’t, or barely, make ends meet
Why Are Some Young Sex Offenders Held Indefinitely in NJ Facility?
George Steptoe and Antoine Goldet/The Marshall Project | January 28, 2016 | More Issues, Social
Jhon Sanchez served time for sex offenses committed when he was 13. But he’s still not free.
Assembly Speaker Launches New Initiative as NJ Poverty Rate Climbs to Record High
John Reitmeyer | January 21, 2016 | Politics, Social
Prieto’s announcement applauded by advocates of poor, but some Republicans assert reducing property taxes on middle class is also important
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
Why Is NJ Ignoring a Law That Would Help Protect Kids Against Lead Poisoning?
Todd B. Bates | December 2, 2015 | Healthcare, Social
State statute says one- and two-family rentals need to be inspected for lead-paint hazards, but the law has never been enforced
Why Does Lead Poisoning Still Afflict Tens of Thousands of Kids in NJ?
Todd B. Bates | December 1, 2015 | Healthcare, Social
Childhood lead poisoning is entirely preventable, but longstanding scourge lingers in the Garden State
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
Obama Lauds Newark’s Prisoner-Reentry Programs, Announces New Efforts
Lilo H. Stainton | November 3, 2015 | Politics, Social
President praises ‘extraordinary work’ being done by city’s prisoner-rehabilitation and reintegration programs
Task Force to Study College Sexual Assaults, Issue Report – If Christie Signs Bill
Lilo H. Stainton | October 30, 2015 | Education, Social
Advocates and educators remain divided over best ways to protect victims, pursue attackers
Prison Reentry Programs Benefit Former Inmates and Their Communities
Lilo H. Stainton | October 23, 2015 | More Issues, Social
At NJ Spotlight On Cities, two new approaches to breaking the cycle of recidivism are discussed in depth
Community Policing Advocates Call for More Transparency and Trust
Caren Chesler | October 21, 2015 | More Issues, Social
Some policies meant to crack down on low-level crime can make neighborhood residents feel as if they’re under siege
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
Program That Eases Prisoner ‘Reentry’ Wins $4M Contract to Build On Success
Lilo H. Stainton | August 4, 2015 | More Issues, Social
Jersey City Employment and Training Program has turned around the futures of thousands of former inmates -- one life at a time
Mayors in Meadowlands Region See First Checks from Hotel-Tax Fund
Lilo H. Stainton | July 15, 2015 | More Issues, Social, Planning
State and local officials scramble to implement new law that consolidates three regional entities
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
Behind the Izod Closure: More Questions Than Answers in the Meadowlands
Lilo H. Stainton | June 17, 2015 | More Issues, Social
The fate and future of Izod Center remains uncertain, a mystery only deepened by officials passing the buck and refusing to comment
Bill Would Make It Easier to Remove All Guns from Homes in Domestic-Violence Cases
NJTV News | June 16, 2015 | More Issues, Social
Even before cases are resolved, courts could be told about – and asked to confiscate -- weapons not already seized by law enforcement
Casino Fever Still Rages Unabated as Newark Seeks Gaming Site of Its Own
Lilo H. Stainton | June 11, 2015 | More Issues, Social
Before gambling comes to ‘America’s newest destination city’ -- or anywhere else besides Atlantic City -- NJ voters will have to sign off on the idea
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
Casino Gambling in North Jersey by Next Summer? Place Your Bets
Lilo H. Stainton | June 4, 2015 | More Issues, Social
Gaming could bring jobs, visitors, and cash to the region, but voters first have to say ‘yes’ to gambling outside of Atlantic City
Apparently Unsinkable, Long-Discussed Meadowlands Casino Plan Rises Once Again
Lilo H. Stainton | May 28, 2015 | More Issues, Social
But gambling in north Jersey faces long odds -- and a constitutional ballot question – before it can become a reality
Black? You’ve Used Drugs? You’re More Likely to Lose Custody of Your Child
WNYC/NJPR | May 28, 2015 | Social
Statistics show numbers tilt disproportionately toward harsher treatment by state’s child-protection agency
Does Race Determine Whether Kids Get Taken Away from Their Families?
WNYC/NJPR | May 27, 2015 | Social
Analysis shows black children are much more likely to be place in foster homes in NJ
Can ‘Culture of Health’ Initiative Help Cure Camden’s Chronic Ills?
Meir Rinde | May 8, 2015 | Social
Extensive, ambitious coalition seeks to transform quality of life in America’s most dangerous city -- for latchkey kids and homeless residents alike
Old Industrial Building at Great Falls in Paterson Given New Lease on Life
NJ ArtsNews | April 27, 2015 | Social, Planning
Huge open spaces, sturdy construction add up to an ideal spot for large-scale art installations and other creative enterprises
Christie Budget Doesn’t Fund Permanent Fix for Social-Services Computers
Andrew Kitchenman | April 21, 2015 | Healthcare, Social
It’s still unclear when state will have system to efficiently handle applications for food stamps and Medicaid
Judge Upholds Municipal Sick-Leave Laws, Clears Way for Proliferation
Meir Rinde | April 17, 2015 | Healthcare, Politics, Social
Business associations argue that letting towns make own laws would create statewide patchwork of rules and regulations
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