Sept. 30, 2015: NJTV News with Mary Alice Williams

We’re on the storm track of  Hurricane Joaquin. Experts predict it won’t be like Sandy. It may not even make landfall, but the cyclone is gaining speed off the Bahamas could cause catastrophic flooding here.

Building Trust: Strategies to Strengthen Police Community Relationships

Rutgers Associate Dean of Criminal Justice, Kenya Tyson, came to this law enforcement event seeking solutions.

“I would like to take back a number of ideas that I can share with our faculty and staff around ways that we can continue to engage the community as well as law enforcement around these types of issues,” she said.

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Men of Vision 2015

President and CEO, Ryan P. Haygood, Esq. has been selected as an Honoree for the 2015 "Men of Vision" Breakfast which will be held on Sunday, September 27, 2015 at the Best Western Robert Treat Hotel, 50 Park Place, Newark from 8:30 am to 11:00 am. Since its inception, "The Men of Vision" Breakfast has had the distinct pleasure of honoring many esteemed men who have devoted their faithful and noteworthy commitment to the City of Newark. The tradition of the "Men of Vision" centers on the principle of honoring those who have distinguished themselves through their commitment to a spirit of community action and volunteerism. For more information and to register for this event, please click here  


New Jersey Institute for Social Justice Honors Founding Board Member With Fellowship

New position will provide career opportunities for public interest lawyers

Newark, New Jersey—Today, in honor of the late Dickinson R. Debevoise, United States District Court Judge and founding board member, the New Jersey Institute for Social Justice (“Institute”) announced the creation of a fund to support a new social justice fellowship for public interest lawyers.

Debevoise Social Justice Legal Advocacy Fellowship Fund

NJISJ Remembers foundingApril 23, 1924 – August 14, 2015 For more than 35 years, Dickinson R. Debevoise served with unparalleled distinction as a federal judge in New Jersey until his death at 91. A brilliant jurist, Judge Debevoise dedicated his life to pursuing justice, equality, and opportunity. He passed away peacefully at his home on August 14, 2015. Upon his passing, Chief U.S. District Judge Jerome Simandle said, “Our court has lost one of its greatest judges ever.” Judge Debevoise was nominated to the United States District Court for the District of New Jersey by President Jimmy Carter in September 1979, and confirmed by the United States Senate the following month. He assumed senior status in 1994 and served an extraordinary 21 years as a senior judge.  

Paterson Times: New Jersey Lawmakers Celebrate New Reforms To The Juvenile Justice System

State lawmakers and local officials held a press conference Tuesday morning to celebrate a series of reforms enacted to better New Jersey’s juvenile justice system.

The reforms include raising the minimum age to waive a child into adult court from 14 to 15 allowing a 60­ day period to evaluate an individual’s case instead of 30 days. Focusing on rehabilitating young offenders the reforms limits the amount of time a juvenile may be held in solitary confinement to no more than 10 days in a month.

Sen. Corey Booker held Forum on Criminal Justice Reform

Senator Cory Booker’s Forum on Criminal Justice Reform in partnership with the Coalition of Religious Leaders.

Senator Cory Booker hosted a panel discussion on criminal justice, mass incarceration, race, faith, and the impact on our communities. This was an important and meaningful opportunity to share, learn, and connect with advocates, faith leaders, and neighbors who are directly or indirectly impacted by the criminal justice system. Here are the details: Senator Cory Booker’s Forum on Criminal Justice Reform Christ Church 422 Main Street East Orange, NJ 07018 Tuesday, August 11th, 2015 6:00 PM- 8:00 PM New Jersey Institute for Social Justice partnered in supporting this event.


On "More High-Paying Port Newark Jobs Should go to Newark Residents"

My staff and I joined Mayor Ras J. Baraka and more than 500 other local residents in the powerful protest he led at Port Newark.  We were there to confront a difficult reality: that the door of opportunity to a middle class job at the Port of New York and New Jersey, America's third busiest port, is largely closed to Newark residents.

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