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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’
New Jersey Hit with Major Lawsuit Arguing It Must End School Segregation
Colleen O'Dea | May 18, 2018 | Education, Social
Legal action — led by former justice of state Supreme Court — looks to strike down law requiring students attend schools in their own communities
Segregation in New Jersey, Neither Chance nor Accident
Colleen O'Dea | May 17, 2018 | Social
Message to governor, argues author and fair-housing advocate, lead the push to truly integrate the Garden State
New Jersey First State in Line to Ban Marriage for those Under 18
Colleen O'Dea | May 3, 2018 | Social
Despite some Republican opposition, there’s bipartisan support for effort to prevent teenagers, young girls especially, from being forced into unwanted unions
Program to Feed Hungry Kids, Families Should Build on Strong Foundation
Colleen O'Dea | April 30, 2018 | Social
Child and Adult Care Food Program is getting job done, according to report, but could reach more children and parents if it made needed reforms
NJ's Top Court Ends Lifetime Registration for Minors Under Megan’s Law
Colleen O'Dea | April 25, 2018 | Social
Unanimous ruling says requiring juvenile sex offenders to register and notify their communities for life is violation of due process
Making Life a Little Easier for Women — or Any Parent — Serving Time in Prison
Colleen O'Dea | April 24, 2018 | Social
High-profile arrests of prison guards charged with sexual assault in state’s only women’s prison draw attention to problems some lawmakers say have been neglected too long
McGreevey to Fight Murphy’s ‘Catastrophic’ Cuts to Prisoner Re-Entry Program
Carly Sitrin | April 3, 2018 | Social
As rehabilitation efforts gain ground in other states, current governor’s withdrawal of funding for NJ nonprofit backed by his predecessor is ‘inexplicable’
New Jersey’s Troubling Trend, Increase in Bias and Hate Crimes
Colleen O'Dea | April 2, 2018 | Social
State attorney general says rise in reported incidents partly the result of country’s ‘political leaders’ who countenance ‘intolerance and hatred’
Hungry Kids Can’t Learn: Feeding More Students Breakfast, Lunch at School
Colleen O'Dea | March 27, 2018 | Social
A package of bills seeks to expand number of poor and low-income students getting federally funded meals at school, track those not being fed
Newark Airport Workers Cheer as Port Authority Votes for $19 Minimum Wage
Colleen O'Dea | March 23, 2018 | Social
The increase would be phased in, culminating in 2023. No word yet on cost of the proposal
Judge Reduces Power of Newark Police Review Board
WNYC News | March 16, 2018 | Social
Disappointed Mayor Ras Baraka vows to appeal ‘setback to criminal justice reform’
Opening Another Front in NJ's War Against Hunger and Homelessness
Colleen O'Dea | March 6, 2018 | Social
A trio of bills intended to reverse the inaction of the Christie years extends benefits to state's most vulnerable citizens when they're in crisis
Should Felons Be Stripped of Their Right to Vote?
Colleen O'Dea | February 27, 2018 | Social
Lawmakers and activists are working to repeal a 174-year-old law that prevents those convicted of serious crimes from voting — even if they're on probation or parole
Cautious NJ Lawmakers Propose Decriminalizing Marijuana in Small Amounts
Carly Sitrin | February 16, 2018 | Social
State senators stop well short of governor’s preference to legalize the drug in New Jersey, voice concerns about social-justice implications
After One Year, NJ Evaluates Judicial Reform Program
Colleen O'Dea | February 14, 2018 | Social
Report indicates pretrial population dipped by 20 percent, but advocates call for more data on race of defendants detained, released, and released with conditions
Business Task Force Hopes to Transform New Jersey into Millennial Magnet
John Reitmeyer | January 26, 2018 | Budget, Social, Planning
The Garden State has the highest millennial outmigration in the country, but attention to education, tuition, and vocational training could go a long way to turning things around
Making It Easier for Ex-Offenders to Make a Clean Start
Colleen O'Dea | December 21, 2017 | Social
Thanks to a trio of bills just enacted, expunging a criminal record can be done sooner and for a greater number of offenses, a particular boon to youthful offenders
Should New Jersey Give the Vote to Convicted Felons?
Carly Sitrin | December 15, 2017 | Social
One of the earliest civil rights decisions the new governor is likely to face is whether to award felons the right to vote — whether they’re in prison, on parole, or on probation
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