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On Voting Rights Act Anniversary, Time To Erase Felon Disfranchisement Laws From N.J.'s Books

Here in New Jersey nearly 150,000 people have lost their voting rights following a criminal conviction. (Scott Lituchy/The Star-Ledger)

Star-Ledger Guest Columnist By Star-Ledger Guest Columnist on August 08, 2015 at 6:00 PM, updated August 08, 2015 at 6:05 PM

By Ryan P. Haygood

The history-making events of "Bloody Sunday" in Selma, Alabama, led to the passage of the Voting Rights Act on August 6, 1965, and ultimately freed the vote for millions of voters of color. New Jersey has a unique role in this story, as Atlantic City served as the site of the 1964 Democratic National Convention at which Fannie Lou Hamer famously delivered her powerful speech in support of black voting rights on behalf of the Mississippi Freedom Democrat Party.

Ryan Haygood Appeared on Due Process

On this edition of Due Process, David's tragic story and its happy ending - long overdue. It took a virtual village of lawyers and supporters, including Rutgers Law Prof. Laura Cohen and the students in her Criminal and Youth Justice Clinic, to finally win his freedom. In the studio: Cohen joins Ryan Haygood, President and CEO of the New Jersey Institute for Social Justice, in discussing the many troubling issues raised by David's case: issues of juvenile justice, coerced confessions, false imprisonment, inadequate legal counsel, exoneration and re-entry. Due Process    

Governor Christie Announces $4 Million Statewide Body Cameras Initiative

MILLVILLE – Governor Christie and his Administration today announced an initiative to strengthen community policing throughout New Jersey. State police troopers will be sporting new gear soon, in the form of body cameras. $1.5 million in state funding will go towards buying the cameras for state police, making New Jersey one of the first states to implement the technology. An additional $2.5 million in forfeiture funds will also be used to purchase the cameras for local law enforcement agencies.

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New Jersey Attorney General's Directives Regarding Police Use-Of-Force and Body Cameras

NJCF snip         A coalition of leading civil rights, advocacy and law enforcement organizations collectively support New Jersey Attorney General's directives regarding uniform statewide procedures and best practices for conducting police use-of-force investigations and body worn cameras.

Commencement Ceremony for 13 Graduates of Environmental Job Training Program

Newark, NJ -- The New Jersey Institute for Social Justice hosted a commencement ceremony on July 14 for the 13 graduates of its Environmental Remediation Job Training Program, which prepares participants for careers in the green economy. WFD Graduation, Studen Speaker“There are opportunities that arise in life. As you get older, those opportunities are few and far between. This is one of those opportunities,” graduate Egan Lewis said during the ceremony at PSEG corporate headquarters in Newark. “What a journey this has been, and through this journey we have gained so much; most of all a new network of friends and associates.”