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Searing Impact of Incarceration on Women and their Families

Lilo H. Stainton | April 19, 2019 | Social

Conference suggests that most re-entry services are geared toward men, leaving women to navigate the post-prison landscape largely on their own

Newark NIMBY on State Plan to Build Juvenile Justice Facility in Brick City

Colleen O'Dea | April 16, 2019 | Social
Social justice advocates argue money earmarked for incarceration would be better spent on rehabilitation
Should Child-Abuse Caseworkers Be Considered First Responders?
Brenda Flanagan | NJTV News | April 16, 2019 | Social
More than 3,000 workers and supervisors often fulfill same role and experience similar stress as police and firefighters, commissioner says
New Jersey Gives Hate and Hate Crimes Fewer Places to Hide
Colleen O'Dea | April 10, 2019 | Social
Attorney general’s office releases new guidelines for handling bias crimes, calls on Facebook to monitor Ocean County group ‘inciting violence against Orthodox Jews’
Closing NJ’s ‘Shameful’ Wealth Gap Between Whites, People of Color
Colleen O'Dea | April 4, 2019 | Social, The Booker Beat
Social advocacy group urges Garden State to get behind Individual Development Accounts, a matched approach to savings funded by participants, nonprofits, and the state
Amid Lingering Concerns, State Report on Bail Reform Notes Successes
Colleen O'Dea | April 3, 2019 | Social
A report by the state judiciary shows that fears of ‘chaos’ and ‘mayhem’ have failed to come to fruition
State Will Host Campus Sexual-Assault Forums
Joanna Gagis | NJTV News | March 29, 2019 | Social
A 2017 report highlights the need for better responses to and prevention of sexual violence
For Young Men of Color in Newark, Life Remains a Struggle
Colleen O'Dea | March 28, 2019 | Social
Despite homicide rates far higher than their peers statewide, and lower graduation rates, new report also reveals hopes for a better city and a better future
Making Imprisonment in NJ Easier on Women Prisoners, Families
Colleen O'Dea | March 25, 2019 | Social
‘Prison is truly a shared sentence as children directly suffer from the consequences of their parents’ sentences,’ says Assemblywoman Yvonne Lopez
Group May Head Back to Court over Lack of NJ School Desegregation
Colleen O'Dea | March 20, 2019 | Education, Social
A lawsuit filed last year claims residency rules are to blame for lack of diversity in New Jersey public education
Murphy, Dem Leaders Now Must Round Up Votes for Marijuana Legislation
Carly Sitrin | March 13, 2019 | Social
Have they the support of enough Democrats to legalize adult use in New Jersey? That’s just one question arising out of this week’s agreement on legislation
Making the Case for Violence-Intervention Programs
Michael Hill | NJTV News | March 11, 2019 | Social
Legislators hear from experts and from people with direct experience of violence on our streets about the value of efforts that try to prevent it
Nonprofits Do More with Less but Fear Tax Revamp Will Hit Charitable Intake
Colleen O'Dea | March 7, 2019 | Social
Amid growing demand for their services, the worry is that federal income-tax overhaul could lead some people to donate less to key service organizations
A Deal on Marijuana Legalization May — Or May Not — Be Imminent
NJTV News Online | February 21, 2019 | Social
Lawmakers appear to have resolved problems with proposed legislation, but not all are convinced of the wisdom of legalization
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
NJ Spotlight | 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
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