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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
Helping NJ Prisoners Get on College Track
NJTV News | August 2, 2018 | Social
Changing lives: the transformative program that helps incarcerated and formerly incarcerated New Jerseyans gain college credits
Grewal Calls Judge’s Decision to Block 3D Gun Site a Victory for Public Safety
WHYY News | August 2, 2018 | Social
Attorney General indicates he will move to shut down other sites offering 3D blueprints when he finds them
NJ Suburbs Bounce Back as Older Millennials Go for House and Garden
Colleen O'Dea | August 1, 2018 | Social
Population of New Jersey’s suburban ring springs back even as three most urban counties continue to grow. Millennial generation is key
Civil Rights Coalition Calls for End to Core Element of NJ Bail Reform
Colleen O'Dea | July 31, 2018 | Social
Group fears computer risk-assessment tools can worsen racial disparities in who gets released while awaiting trial
The Babies in New Jersey Who Start Out with ‘Odds Stacked Against Them’
Colleen O'Dea | July 30, 2018 | Social
Advocacy group’s first-ever population report on NJ’s infants and toddlers highlights their higher rate of relative poverty, and vulnerability to health and safety problems
ACLU-NJ Sues School Districts for Asking About Immigration Status
John Mooney and Colleen O'Dea | July 27, 2018 | Education, Social
Attorney argues that districts illegally request photo licenses or state ID cards to prevent students from registering for schools
Radio Station Suspends Hosts for Using Racial Slur Against State Attorney General
John Reitmeyer | July 27, 2018 | Politics, Social
Politicians of every stripe jump to support AG Gurbir Grewal, the first Sikh-American in the country to hold such a position
Grewal Tries to Block Texas Company’s Release of Plans for 3-D Guns on Internet
Colleen O'Dea | July 27, 2018 | Social
AG orders company to ‘cease and desist’ from making computer files available online that NJ residents could use to ‘print’ their own guns
NJ Renews Funding for McGreevey’s Prisoner Re-Entry Program
Carly Sitrin | July 13, 2018 | Social
Former governor celebrates fresh grants, including one that helps people get jobs in construction
U.S. Third Circuit Decides in Favor of New Jersey Criminal-Justice Reform
Colleen O'Dea | July 10, 2018 | Social
In ruling, judge upholds state’s 2014 determination to eliminate monetary bail as prerequisite for release from jail
NJ Close to Giving Prisoners Access to State Financial Aid for College Courses
Colleen O'Dea | July 2, 2018 | Education, Social
Former Gov. Jim McGreevey says initiative would be ‘a game changer,’ offering those who are incarcerated the prospect of a career rather than a return to the streets ‘with no hope’
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