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Black? You’ve Used Drugs? You’re More Likely to Lose Custody of Your Child
WNYC/NJPR | May 28, 2015 | Social
Statistics show numbers tilt disproportionately toward harsher treatment by state’s child-protection agency
Does Race Determine Whether Kids Get Taken Away from Their Families?
WNYC/NJPR | May 27, 2015 | Social
Analysis shows black children are much more likely to be place in foster homes in NJ
Can ‘Culture of Health’ Initiative Help Cure Camden’s Chronic Ills?
Meir Rinde | May 8, 2015 | Social
Extensive, ambitious coalition seeks to transform quality of life in America’s most dangerous city -- for latchkey kids and homeless residents alike
Old Industrial Building at Great Falls in Paterson Given New Lease on Life
NJ ArtsNews | April 27, 2015 | Social, Planning
Huge open spaces, sturdy construction add up to an ideal spot for large-scale art installations and other creative enterprises
Christie Budget Doesn’t Fund Permanent Fix for Social-Services Computers
Andrew Kitchenman | April 21, 2015 | Healthcare, Social
It’s still unclear when state will have system to efficiently handle applications for food stamps and Medicaid
Judge Upholds Municipal Sick-Leave Laws, Clears Way for Proliferation
Meir Rinde | April 17, 2015 | Healthcare, Politics, Social
Business associations argue that letting towns make own laws would create statewide patchwork of rules and regulations
Paid Sick Leave in Jersey City Off to Healthy Start, Rutgers Report Concludes
Hank Kalet | April 10, 2015 | Healthcare, Social
But business leaders argue that at one-year anniversary it’s too soon to understand full import of policy
Advocates Challenge Local Ordinances Targeting New Jersey’s Homeless
Hank Kalet | April 2, 2015 | Social
Successful challenge to New Brunswick panhandling ban spurs statewide look at municipal ordinances deemed violations of free-speech rights
Christie Turns Back on NJ Immigrants in Bid for GOP Right, Critics Contend
Hank Kalet | March 30, 2015 | Politics, Social
Governor signs on to amicus brief asking court to block Obama policy to allow some unlawful immigrant children, parents to stay in country
Census: Fewer Women Having Babies in NJ – and Fewer New Moms Are Married
Colleen O'Dea | March 6, 2015 | Social, Maps, Map of the Week
Garden State’s statistics mirror national trends; childbearing numbers among unmarried women clearly linked to education and income levels
Fatal Attraction: Suicide Attempts Soar on George Washington Bridge
WNYC/NJPR | February 10, 2015 | Social
New, higher safety fences are being installed – but the project is scheduled to take eight years
In Irvington, Residents Rally to Keep Veteran's Home From Bank Foreclosure
Joe Tyrrell | January 26, 2015 | Social, Housing
Clifton Beckley struggles to hold on to his home, while foreclosure rates in New Jersey start to trend upward
Op-Ed: Applying the Lessons We've Learned about Ending the Scourge of Trafficking
Hans Dekker | January 26, 2015 | Opinion, Social
Super Bowl used to remind people that problem of forced labor and sex trade exists every day of the year
Businesses Burying NJ Municipalities with Requests for Public Records
NJTV | January 22, 2015 | Social
More and more companies asking towns to supply lists used in marketing and sales efforts
Obama’s Cuba Announcement Continues to Send Ripples Through New Jersey
Scott Gurian | January 16, 2015 | Politics, Social
Cuban-Americans in the Garden State and their relatives on the island react to the thawing of relations
Atlantic City Race Track’s Out of the Running As Time Finally Passes It By
NJTV | January 13, 2015 | Social
Inability to open casinos and offer sports betting gave big edge to out-of-state competitors
Probe Raises Red Flags About Efficiency of Spending by American Red Cross
Pro Publica/NPR | December 5, 2014 | Social
Charity claims less than 10 percent of donated money goes toward expenses, but real overhead costs have been much higher
New Jersey, Among Most Affluent States, Still Sees Rise in Poverty Rate
NJTV | December 5, 2014 | Social
Advocates for the poor cite NJ’s high housing costs and economic recovery that’s lagging behind rest of nation
NJ Police Build Up Arsenals with Surplus Combat Weapons and Military Gear
NJTV News | December 3, 2014 | Social
Nearly 1,000 semiautomatic assault rifles now in hands of cops through Garden State
Garden State’s Latino Population Lags Far Behind in Obamacare Signups
December 3, 2014 | Healthcare, Social
Immigration-related concerns cited by community activists as major reason for disparity
Tribute: Clement Price Leaves His Mark on Newark and Beyond
John Mooney | November 17, 2014 | Education, Social
Newark Mayor Ras Baraka and Rutgers Chancellor Nancy Cantor honor the late historian of the city and its people
Ballot Question No. 1 Would Fundamentally Change Who Is Eligible for Bail in NJ
Colleen O'Dea | November 3, 2014 | Politics, Social, Elections 2014
Proposed constitutional amendment would prevent violent criminals from posting bond, allow many who can’t afford bail to be released pending trial
Talking About Many Issues Raised by Football Scandal in Sayreville
John Mooney | October 16, 2014 | Education, Social
NJ Spotlight education reporter and radio host discuss anti-bullying law, how it came into play, and whether it goes far enough
Sayreville High School Case Spotlights NJ's Landmark Anti-Bullying Law
John Mooney | October 10, 2014 | Education, Social
Alarms sounded after revelation of allegations that young football players were abused by older teammates
Rise in Drug-Treatment Admissions in NJ Reveals Progress of a Plague
Colleen O'Dea | October 3, 2014 | Social, Maps, Map of the Week
With heroin and opiate abuse on the rise in New Jersey, data and anecdotal evidence tell heartbreaking tale of addiction and death
In Increasingly Diverse State, NJ’s Police Forces Are Mostly White and Male
October 3, 2014 | Social
While some see hiring bias, other observers say it’s not necessarily bigotry behind racial make-up of departments
‘Housing First’ Advocates Look to Expand, Take Program Statewide
Andrew Kitchenman | October 1, 2014 | Healthcare, Social, Housing
Finding homes for the homeless is seen as first step toward improving health, lowering costs of medical and social services
Is the Problem of Homelessness Getting Better or Worse in NJ?
WHYY/NewsWorks | September 29, 2014 | Social
Thousands still live in shelters and motels – and on the streets – but whether there’s been improvement depends on which numbers are compared
Food-Stamp Cutbacks in NJ May Hinge on Resolving Application Backlog
WNYC | September 26, 2014 | Social
Decision to end ‘Heat and Eat’ program, delays in new computer system threaten federal funding
New Jersey Still Stuck in Economic Morass; Poverty Rate Keeps Climbing
Colleen O'Dea | September 18, 2014 | Social, Maps
Nearly 1 million residents live in dire economic straits in one of the nation's wealthiest states
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