N.J. rocked by release of police force records, spurring town meetings, calls for action and promises of reform

The Force Report is a continuing investigation of police use of force in New Jersey. Read more from the series or search your local police department and officers in the full the database.

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Racial Impact Bill in New Jersey Underscores National Justice Debate

When Rev. Charles Boyer asks his African-American parishioners at the Bethel AME Church in Woodbury, N.J., if they know someone in prison, a majority of hands go up.

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New Jersey Enacts Law to Examine Racial Disparity in Sentencing

TRENTON, N.J. — On his last day in office, Jan. 16, 2018, now-former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie signed 100 bills into law.

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New Jersey Leads The Nation In Reducing Its Prison Population While Also Having The Worst Racial Disparities In The Country

Last month, The Sentencing Project released a fact sheet on U.S. prison population trends between 1999 and 2015.

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Civil Rights Groups In New Jersey Say ‘Youth Prisons Are a New Form of Slavery’ and Should Be Abolished

The New Jersey Training School for Boys has been a youth incarceration center for 150 years and is the state of New Jersey’s largest prison for juveniles.

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Newark social justice group hails decision to close juvenile facility | Carter

Six months ago, the New Jersey Institute for Social Justice (NJISJ) led a campaign to close the New Jersey Training School for Boys, the state’s largest juvenile correctional facility, also known as Jamesburg.

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Racial Justice Drives Fight for, and Against, Legal Pot in New Jersey

During his campaign for governor of New Jersey, Philip D. Murphy, a Democrat, pledged to legalize the recreational use of marijuana, telling Democrats at a party conference last year in Atlantic City that creating a new tax revenue was not what was motivating him.

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Report examines structural racism in New Jersey

It’s called “The Uncomfortable Truth.” A new report links chronic poverty to institutional racism.

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Revival of Martin Luther King’s 1968 poverty campaign meets in Paterson

PATERSON — The Poor People’s Campaign was in the late planning stages when Martin Luther King Jr. appeared at Community Baptist Church of Love on Auburn Street 50 years ago to promote an upcoming occupation of Washington, D.C., to protest poverty.

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Rats and mold? Isolated confinement at NJ prisons called ‘horrific

Whether the state wants to call it solitary confinement or restrictive housing, isolation of inmates is used too often and for too long in New Jersey, and conditions of the living quarters are horrific, social justice advocates say.

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Legislators introduce bill to extending voting rights to those with felony convictions

I have been without a voice in my democracy for decades,” said parolee Ronald Pierce.

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Governor, Dems Cautioned It’s Time to Repay African-American Support

Little more than three weeks from Election Day, it should come as no surprise that New Jersey’s African-American community is united in support of the Democratic ticket in this year’s critical 2018 midterm elections.

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Criminal justice advocates praise Murphy’s revival of N.J. sentencing commission

Gov. Phil Murphy is reviving a state body to examine racial disparities in New Jersey’s criminal justice system, a move supporters say could reduce the vast black-white discrepancy in the state’s incarceration rate.

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For Gov. Murphy to achieve racial justice, Trenton must make school integration top priority | Opinion

Achieving beloved community and a just society starts with how we raise our children.

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Social justice advocates hold ‘Rally for the 94%’

They braved the chill, wind and rain of a nor’easter as they marched through Newark’s south ward.

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Newark Today: The Path To Legalization

On this month’s Newark Today, hosted by NJTV’s Michael Hill, we are joined by Mayor Ras Baraka, State Senator Ron Rice, and Founder of Salvation and Social Justice Rev.

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Black community leader: Legalizing weed should come with reparations to people of color

Marijuana prohibition in New Jersey has been enforced by race and socio-economic status.

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Devotees of Martin Luther King Jr. tell people to get involved

PARAMUS — Devotees of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. at the annual celebration of his birthday Monday night said that tapping into the spirit of the civil rights icon’s teachings is needed more than ever.

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Woodbury church forum to call for end of war on drugs

WOODBURY – The Bethel African Methodist Episcopal Church of Woodbury will host a public forum on Thursday, March 8, to discuss state legislation proposals to legalize marijuana, and legalization’s effects on minorities.

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New Jersey should step up on civil rights as Washington steps down | Opinion

When I joined with a broad coalition of faith and community leaders last year to form the New Jersey Black Multi-Faith Alliance, we wanted to advance an agenda empowering people of color across our state.

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NJ Working Families: Architects of Jersey’s Midterm Blue Wave

NEW JERSEY-​​ The groundbreaking outcomes of the 2018 midterm elections, which flipped four Congressional seats in the Garden State and made inroads in communities held by Republicans for decades, were the results of the activism and work of many dedicated grassroots organizers.

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Murphy wants $15 minimum wage bill before the end of the year

It was billed as a news conference, but it felt more like a rally. Gov. Phil Murphy summoned the usual suspects from the progressive end of the spectrum.

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We Must End Severe Racial Inequity of Charges Against N.J. Children

Martin Luther King Jr. once said, “The arc of the moral universe is long, but it bends towards justice.”

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Solitary Confinement: Cruel and Usual Punishment in NJ’s Prisons

Now that Gov. Chris Christie has vetoed legislation that would have outlawed solitary confinement in New Jersey’s correctional facilities, it’s a good time to take a step back and reexamine exactly what the punishment entails.

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COMMENTARY: Bill would address racial disparities in NJ laws

As Christians, we are called to love and serve all people, share compassion and aid God’s most vulnerable.

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Mass incarceration called ‘civil rights issue of our day’ at N.J. forum

PLAINFIELD — Rev. Charles Boyer asked a crowd of around 40 people gathered in a library basement to raise their hands if they knew someone in prison.

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NJ church leaders come together after SC massacre

TRENTON (WPVI) — Members of the AME churches are reeling after the massacre in South Carolina.

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Criminal Justice Reform Panel with Senator Cory Booker and Rev. Craig Hirshberg

Close to three hundred people gathered at Christ Episcopal Church on Tuesday evening, August 11, 2015.

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Charleston shooting: ‘Out of this tragedy there will be triumph’

The deaths of nine innocent people on June 17 in Charleston, S.C., has made the city a stronger and more united community, according to local residents who vow to honour the legacy of those gunned down during a Bible study meeting.

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Churches Respond to Emanuel Murders

Church bells tolled and candles were lit in many United Methodist churches across Western PA last Sunday as congregations remembered the victims of the racially motivated June 17 massacre of nine church members at Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, South Carolina.

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Activists Turn to Lawsuits and Legislation to Fight Solitary Confinement in New Jersey

Sometimes overshadowed by the anti-solitary movement in neighboring New York, activists in New Jersey have been fighting a battle of their own against the use of extreme isolation in state prisons and county jails.

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Coverage of Town Hall with Senator Cory Booker

Almost 500 people from all over northern New Jersey and as far away as Camden and Long Island packed Christ Church in East Orange on Tuesday evening, August 11 to participate in the Town Hall Meeting with Senator Cory Booker on Criminal Justice and Justice for All: Race, Faith, Incarceration and Community Action.

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For People of Faith, Youth Justice Must Be a Priority

During this season marked by the observation of Easter and Passover, as Christians honor Christ’s sacrifice for the forgiveness of their sins, and Jews celebrate their liberation from slavery in Egypt, we join in seeking the liberation of all who may be enslaved.

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Casinos Civil Rights Violations that Rocked Atlantic City

Just like most cities in the United States, Atlantic City in the Garden State suffered horrible and eye-opening civil rights violations.

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Advocates hold vigils at Republican congressional offices

Health care advocates held vigils Wednesday evening outside the offices of New Jersey’s Republican representatives in Congress to urge them to save the health coverage of more than 700,000 state residents by opposing repeal of Obamacare.

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For People of Faith, Youth Justice Must Be a Priority

During this season marked by the observation of Easter and Passover, as Christians honor Christ’s sacrifice for the forgiveness of their sins, and Jews celebrate their liberation from slavery in Egypt, we join in seeking the liberation of all who may be enslaved.

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