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1,200 Children Have Been Shot and Killed Since Parkland, 13 from NJ

NJ Spotlight | February 15, 2019 | Social

A news site has profiled the children who died by gunfire since the school shootings in Florida one year ago. Thirteen New Jersey children are on the list

NJ Dioceses Release Names of 188 Clergy ‘Credibly Accused’ of Sexual Abuse

NJTV News Online | February 14, 2019 | Social
Incidents date back to 1940, most abusers are dead, others have been removed from ministry
Fewer NJ Kids Eating Breakfast at School Means More Hungry Children
Colleen O'Dea | February 13, 2019 | Social
State ranks dead last in percentage of schools eligible for federal nutrition funds that actually participate in the program, according to new report
Lawmakers Move to Improve Paid Family Leave Program in New Jersey
Colleen O'Dea | February 11, 2019 | Social
Supporters wait for governor to sign legislation that would expand benefits — at a higher cost to workers — while also expanding state’s temporary disability program
‘Reasonable Suspicion’ Lacking in Neptune Motel Arrests — Supreme Court
Colleen O'Dea | February 6, 2019 | Social
Charges from a noise complaint that led to arrest of two men on weapons possession raise Fourth Amendment issues for state’s top court
Report Makes Case for State Investment in Camden, Sees Public Health Benefits
Lilo H. Stainton | January 22, 2019 | Healthcare, Social
As New Jersey’s tax-incentive programs come under increasing scrutiny, consultants underline critical value to struggling city of $1.4 billion public investment
Federal Workers in New Jersey Feeling Effects of Shutdown
NJTV News Online | January 22, 2019 | Politics, Social
As of January 17, 1,000 federal employees in New Jersey had applied for unemployment benefits
Report: College Aid for Prisoners Pays Dividends for All Down the Line
Colleen O'Dea | January 16, 2019 | Social
Advocates say study shows federal law keeping Pell Grants from the incarcerated should be overturned
Survey Finds Persistent Bullying of LGBTQ Students in NJ High Schools
Colleen O'Dea | January 14, 2019 | Social
‘The numbers are alarming,’ says Assemblywoman Valerie Vainieri Huttle, who was a prime sponsor of anti-bullying legislation. She’s working on a new measure
High Court Ruling Makes It Easier for Drug-Court Grads to Wipe Slate Clean
Colleen O'Dea | January 9, 2019 | Social
Decision is praised by advocates as fulfilling intent of 2016 law offering recovered addicts with minor crime records a new start life
NJ Towns Buck Marijuana Legalization
WNYC News | January 8, 2019 | Social
Dozens of municipalities have pre-emptively banned marijuana dispensaries. They’re concerned about ‘drugged driving,’ underage users, and other negative effects
Newark's Dropping Crime Rate Is as Much About Perception as Reality
WNYC News | January 7, 2019 | Social
The city reported the lowest number of crimes in fifty years. Mayor Ras Baraka says these are numbers ‘that need to be touted’
Emergency Assistance for Poor Residents Who Had Been Cut Off Since Christie Years
Colleen O'Dea | January 3, 2019 | Social
New law gives up to five years of payments for housing, other needs. Gov. Phil Murphy says ‘more permanent solutions to this challenge’ are necessary
Assembly Passes Raft of Bills to Fight ‘Food Insecurity’ in Garden State
Colleen O'Dea | December 21, 2018 | Social
Finding solutions for New Jerseyans who don’t have easy access to nutritious food, or even to enough food, was a priority for Speaker Coughlin
How to Address New Jersey’s Hidden Poverty: NJ Spotlight Roundtable
December 21, 2018 | Social, Podcasts, Roundtables
NJ Spotlight and United Ways of New Jersey brought together top lawmakers and thought leaders to discuss ways to stem the growing tide of financial instability among working families
Senate Creates Commission to Study Ways of Preventing Wrongful Convictions
Colleen O'Dea | December 19, 2018 | Social
Assembly has yet to take vote on bill that would give new body 18 months to report on securing justice for innocent people in state prisons
After Spike in Deaths, New Jersey Looks to Prevent Suicides in Jails
WNYC News | December 14, 2018 | Social
By one count, Garden State had the highest rate of deaths in custody of any large jail system in the United States
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
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