Social Justice

County officials’ criticism of planned Gaza protest undermined free speech, ACLU says

BY: - May 7, 2024

The commissioners said the planned walkout of Camden County high school students last month would have invited anti-Israel and antisemitic rhetoric.

Many states are eager to extend Medicaid to people soon to be released from prison

BY: - May 3, 2024

New Jersey is among the states that has applied to provide Medicaid health care coverage to incarcerated people before their release.

Rutgers students — reluctantly — end Gaza solidarity encampment

BY: and - May 2, 2024

Four days after launching a Gaza solidarity encampment, Rutgers University students peacefully disassembled, after securing some demands.

Rutgers students launch pro-Palestinian solidarity encampment to protest Gaza war

BY: - April 29, 2024

Dozens of neon green and white tents were set up at Rutgers University's New Brunswick campus Monday following a pro-Palestine rally.

Prisons yank phone access for thousands of incarcerated people, watchdog says

BY: - April 12, 2024

State correctional officials revoked telephone access for almost 2,500 incarcerated people for disciplinary infractions last year.

White House officials praised Camden’s jail. Women incarcerated there tell a different story

BY: - April 8, 2024

White House officials have praised Camden's jail for its drug-treatment program — but people imprisoned there say conditions are inhumane.

Judge bars county line in June’s primaries, a blow to New Jersey’s party leaders

BY: - March 29, 2024

U.S. District Court Judge Zahid Quraishi to grant order barring ballot design experts say lends party-backed candidates unconstitutional edge.

Gov. Murphy calls for cease-fire in Gaza, while Muslim groups call for a boycott of Murphy

BY: - March 27, 2024

Muslim groups say Gov. Phil Murphy's call this week for a cease-fire in Gaza is "several thousand Palestinian bodies late.”

Incarcerated people still waiting on pay raises promised over a year ago

BY: - March 20, 2024

The governor allocated $2.6M to boost prison wages. But imprisoned people, whose pay has flatlined for 20 years, haven't gotten a dollar yet.

Records shed light on program pairing cops with mental health professionals

BY: - March 18, 2024

Mental illness, substance use, and domestic disputes were common threads in calls under a state program intended to defuse crisis responses.

Use of force incidents high among cops who attended controversial police training conference

BY: - March 8, 2024

More than 70% of the 240 N.J. cops who attended Street Cop's 2021 conference, where instructors glorified violence, have used force since 2020.

Newark mayor and gubernatorial hopeful Ras Baraka calls for cease-fire in Gaza

BY: - February 29, 2024

Newark Mayor Ras Baraka demanded a cease-fire in Gaza, condemning Israel's "clear disregard for human life."