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Comcast Newsmakers: New Report and Racial Disparities In New Jersey's Youth Prison System

April 18, 2018


Institute Associate Counsel Andrea McChristian spoke with Comcast Newsmakers about her new report on building a prison-to-school pipeline. Watch the interview here

Teen Vogue: New Jersey Has Adopted Automatic Voter Registration

April 18, 2018

Teen Vogue reports:

This will be the first voting rights bill I sign, but I hope it won’t be the last,” Murphy said. Currently, New Jersey is looking at more voting legislation to potentially adopt, including early voting and Election Day registration. As Mic reports, members of the state legislature are also working to give voting rights back to convicted felons who are still in prison or on parole or probation.

Newburgh Gazette: New Jersey Adopts Automatic Voter Registration

April 18, 2018

Newburgh Gazette reports:

Among the local groups that advocated for the law are the state chapters of the ACLU and League of Women Voters, as well as the New Jersey Institute for Social Justice. "It will get a ton more people registered", said Murphy.

"We stand in stark contrast to President Trump and others whose only interest lays in restricting voting rights and suppressing voters' voices", Mr. Murphy said before signing the bill in Trenton.

Murphy says registering to vote should be simple and seamless.

The law (A-2014), automatically registers and updates voter registration for those applying for a driver's license, examination permit, probationary driver's license or non-driver identification card. Assembly and Senate committees had approved the significant changes after little to no debate or public testimony.

Upcoming Events

Tue, Apr 24, 2018
07:30 PM

50 Cherry Hill Rd, Princeton, NJ 08540, United States Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Princeton  
Princeton, NJ

Community Forum: 1844 No More

Indivisible Princeton is hosting a community forum on voter suppression and the movement to restore voting rights to people with convictions, featuring Scott Novakowski, Associate Counsel at the Ne...

Wed, Apr 25, 2018
06:00 PM

505 S 15th St, Newark, NJ 07103, United States Jehovah-Jireh Praise & Worship Church Center
Newark, NJ

Community Forum: Stop Policy

The Newark Police Division invites you to attend a community forum to gather your feedback on the Stop Policy. The meeting will be hosted by Captain Brian O'Hara of the Consent Decree and Planning ...

Thu, Apr 26, 2018
06:00 PM

400 Hawthorne Ave, Newark, NJ 07112, United States NAN Newark Tech World
Newark, NJ

CommUNITY and Cops: Body Worn Camera and In-Car Camera Demonstration

The Newark Police Division invites you to see a demonstration of their Body Worn Camera and In-Car Camera System.

Sat, Apr 28, 2018
01:00 PM

427 Darrow Ave, Plainfield , NJ 07060, United States Washington Community School
Plainfield , NJ

Re-examining the criminal justice system with Andrea McChristian

Institute Associate Counsel Andrea McChristian will discuss the state of criminal justice in New Jersey and how we can transform the system. This lecture is part of the Frontiers International West...

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