Criminal Justice

Gov. Murphy order launches expansive clemency program

BY: - June 19, 2024

A new board will adjudicate applications for clemency, expediting applications from those who long ago completed their sentences.

Inside the ‘wild’ charges against Dem power broker George Norcross

BY: - June 18, 2024

Prosecutors say George Norcross conspired with allies to leverage their control of Camden County to steer redevelopment work to preferred investors.

Democratic power broker George Norcross indicted on racketeering charges

BY: - June 17, 2024

The indictment accuses Norcross of overseeing a criminal enterprise, using direct threats and intimidation to win development rights along the Camden waterfront.

Two officials accused of using transit agency to seek revenge over political spat

BY: - June 14, 2024

Attorney General Matt Platkin's office says the two men texted about their plan to block payments to an engineering firm over a political feud.

Official testifies Sen. Menendez asked him to ‘look at’ criminal case targeting his friend

BY: - June 12, 2024

U.S. Attorney Philip Sellinger said Sen. Bob Menendez repeatedly griped to him about a federal case against his friend Fred Daibes.

Corrections officials routinely failed to properly investigate alleged abuses, watchdog says

BY: - June 6, 2024

Investigators routinely failed to interview witnesses and lost evidence, leading to scant discipline for abuses, the comptroller says in a new report.

Appeals court declines to expand juvenile resentencing rule to young adults

BY: - May 31, 2024

State courts require juveniles sentenced to lengthy prison terms to be allowed to petition for a new sentence after 20 years. That does not apply to adults, Friday's ruling says.

Crime victims may get fewer services as federal aid drops. States weigh how to help.

BY: and - May 24, 2024

Congress recently lowered spending from a victim services fund to $1.2 billion, sparking widespread concern among prosecutors’ offices, rape crisis centers, and more.

Sen. Bob Menendez’s corruption trial begins Monday in Manhattan

BY: - May 13, 2024

Sen. Bob Menendez allegedly accepted gold bars, cash, a car, and more for helping three businessmen. The trial is expected to last six weeks.

‘Intergenerational trauma’ drove Sen. Menendez to stash cash at home, attorneys say

BY: - May 3, 2024

Sen. Bob Menendez's trauma from his dad's suicide and his parents' refugee experience drove him to hoard cash, his attorneys said.

Plummeting balance in federal crime victims fund sparks alarm among states, advocates

BY: - May 3, 2024

Federal funding for groups that aid crime victims has plunged in recent years. Without a fix, victims might not get help, groups warn. 

Governor Murphy backs jury service for those with felony convictions

BY: - May 1, 2024

New Jersey's prohibition on jury service for those with felony convictions is among the strictest in the nation.