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Decrying It as ‘Policing for Profit,’ Critics Want Reform of NJ’s Civil Asset Forfeiture

Carly Sitrin | December 13, 2018 | Social

Cash, cars, boats, guns, big stuff, small stuff: Detractors say it’s all fair game for law enforcement in New Jersey even if the owners are never charged with a crime

Expungement Debate Threatens to Delay Marijuana Legalization

NJTV News Online | December 13, 2018 | Social
The bill to legalize recreational marijuana in New Jersey does not go far enough for some people, especially in expunging the criminal convictions of small-time dealers
A South Jersey Farm Town with a Hidden History
WNYC News | December 7, 2018 | Social
Japanese-Americans from around the country travel to Seabrook, a place that welcomed their forebears who were interned during World War II
Why Are Unknown Number of Sexual-Assault Exam Kits Going Untested in NJ?
Colleen O'Dea | December 5, 2018 | Social
Up to 1,500 kits are collected in New Jersey every year. Fears of a testing backlog due to lack of manpower or funding appear to be unfounded but lawmakers want to make sure
For New Jersey Jails, Suicides and Overdoses, but Little Oversight
WNYC News | November 30, 2018 | Social
By one count, New Jersey's county jails have the highest rate of deaths in custody of the 30 largest systems in the nation
Crime Rates Plunge in New Jersey, and Bail Reform Advocates Are Gloating
WNYC News Online | November 29, 2018 | Social
Doing away with cash bail in most cases has definitely not led to the spike in crime naysayers warned was coming
Grewal Issues New Rules for How Law Enforcement Handles Sexual-Assault Cases
Colleen O'Dea | November 28, 2018 | Social
Governor had asked for a review of existing protocols amid controversy over the hiring of a key official accused of sexual assault by another administration official
Complaints and Confusion as Recreational Marijuana Bill Goes to Full Senate
Colleen O'Dea | November 27, 2018 | Social
Passage is far from certain since even some lawmakers who voted measure out of joint committee indicate they’re not ready to say ‘yes’ in December legislative session
The A to Z of Legalizing Recreational Marijuana in NJ — Any Day Now
Carly Sitrin | November 26, 2018 | Social
The state Legislature is set today to take up, and possibly vote on, a comprehensive bill that would make recreational use of cannabis by adults legal in the Garden State
Unsafe at Any Speed: How NJ’s Unscrupulous Used-Car Dealers Hurt Consumers
Carly Sitrin | November 21, 2018 | Social
Hiding behind legislative loopholes in the tristate area, multidealer locations get away with scams and fraud and sometimes far worse
Sports Wagering Is Taking a Bite out of Black-Market Betting in NJ
NJTV News Online | November 21, 2018 | Social
Legal sports betting in New Jersey is going like gangbusters since the first bet was placed in June. The newest location opened yesterday
New Jersey’s Recidivism Rate Plummets 19 Percent over Past Six Years
Colleen O'Dea | November 15, 2018 | Social
Among factors driving the drop: more residential and community-based programs to help parolees stay on track and make the transition back to life outside prison
Murphy Signs Law Banning ‘Ghost Guns’ In Latest Effort to Control Firearms in NJ
Colleen O'Dea | November 9, 2018 | Social
Prohibition on homemade, 3D-printed and other ‘ghost guns’ is latest step in governor’s campaign to strengthen already tough gun-control posture
Costs Outpace Wages in NJ, More Households Can’t Afford Basic Necessities
Colleen O'Dea | October 22, 2018 | Social
Many New Jerseyans don’t have enough income to cover housing, food, transportation, healthcare, and taxes
NJ Sexual Harassment Policies Pale Beside Those of Corporate America
Colleen O'Dea | October 18, 2018 | Social
State department and agency protocols can differ extensively, or be absent entirely — as is the case with the New Jersey Senate, which has no written hiring protocols in place
Clergy Urge Governor, Lawmakers to Raise Minimum Wage in NJ to $15
John Reitmeyer | October 12, 2018 | Social
With politicians seeming to have become bogged down on issue, religious coalition expresses urgency about addressing Garden State’s widening wage gap
Building a Better Future One Building Project at a Time
NJTV News Online | October 9, 2018 | Social
YouthBuild gives participants a place to master skills, earn a GED, and think beyond high school
It Just Became Easier to Clean A Criminal Record in the Garden State
Colleen O'Dea | October 1, 2018 | Social
Courts already deal with 10,000 expungement applications annually. Reforms ‘will open the door’ for thousands more to apply
New Jersey’s Newest Gangs: Younger, More Violent, and Posting their Crimes Online
Colleen O'Dea | September 27, 2018 | Social
Children as young as eight years old are in neighborhood gangs that use social media as ‘electronic billboards’ to intimidate rivals, show off weapons
New Jersey’s Youngest Parents: Short on Skills, Cash, and a Viable Future
Colleen O'Dea | September 25, 2018 | Social
Without education and training — or even affordable childcare — the Garden State’s youngest families can trap two generations in a cycle of poverty and disappointment, report says
Clergy Ask Coughlin to Help Change How Fatal Police Shootings Are Investigated
NJTV News Online | September 25, 2018 | Social
Pastors want Assembly Speaker to release legislation requiring Attorney General to take over in cases of killings by police
Concerns that Legalized Sports Betting Will Worsen Problem Gambling in NJ
NJTV News Online | September 24, 2018 | Social
Recent legalization has made it very easy to place a wager in New Jersey. Some are predicting that gambling addiction will rise among New Jerseyans as a result
Hudson County Launches Pilot to House Chronically Homeless
NJTV News Online | September 20, 2018 | Social
Initiative melds rental vouchers and intensive support services from two hospitals to help get homeless off the street and keep them off
Incomes Rose in NJ Last Year but Significant Number of Residents Remain in Poverty
Colleen O'Dea | September 13, 2018 | Social
Earnings rose for New Jerseyans in 2017, according to new census data, and fewer people were categorized as poor. Women continue to earn less than men
Millennials Not Hotfooting It Out of New Jersey After All — Report
Colleen O'Dea | September 11, 2018 | Social
Painting a different picture from two recent studies, a new report finds that young adults are not leaving the Garden State any faster than previous generations
NJ’s Missing Apprentices: State Urged to Do More to Increase their Number
John Reitmeyer | September 10, 2018 | Budget, Social
New Jersey compares poorly with other states when it comes to supporting apprenticeship programs. Report urges policymakers to introduce robust incentives
AG Launches Investigation into Possible Sex Crimes Involving Catholic Priests
Colleen O'Dea | September 7, 2018 | Social
Allegations of extensive clerical child abuse in Pennsylvania prompt Grewal to create task force, establish new sex-abuse hotline
Incidence of Driving While Drugged Has Risen Sharply on NJ Roads
NJTV News | August 16, 2018 | Social
Report says more drivers who were killed on New Jersey’s roads in 2015 and 2016 tested positive for drugs than for alcohol
Making More of — and from — NJ’s Revolutionary Heritage
John Reitmeyer | August 13, 2018 | Social
State urged to do more to promote New Jersey’s central role in American Revolution as 250th anniversary approaches. Future economic benefits are emphasized
Legalizing Marijuana in NJ: Where’s the Bill, Who Benefits, Who Pays?
Carly Sitrin | August 6, 2018 | Social
New Jersey is on the cusp of legalizing recreational cannabis. But with no legislation ready, questions — and fears — are being raised
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