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Newark Residents Elect School Board Members With Full Governing Power for 1st Time in Two Decades

Pix11 reports:

NEWARK, NJ — For the first time in more than two decades, Newark residents will elect a school board that has full governing power.

 

‘Everybody is Ticked Off.’ Keep New Youth Prison Out of Our Burgeoning Neighborhood, city says.

NJ.com reports: 

The details are scarce about Gov. Phil Murphy’s plan to rehabilitate the juvenile prison system in New Jersey. But if Newark has its way, a new youth jail will not be built in the state’s largest city. But if Newark has its way, a new youth jail will not be built in the state’s largest city.

Newark Nimby on State Plan to Build Juvenile Justice Facility in Brick City

NJ Spotlight reports: 

Social justice advocates argue money earmarked for incarceration would be better spent on rehabilitation.

Build a New Youth Prison in Neward? 'Not Happening,' Mayor Says

Patch reports: 

Discussions Allegedly Took Place About Building a New Jail in Newark. "NJ Doesn't Need Any More Youth Prison Beds," Opponents Argued.

Solitary Confinement: Altogether, I Spent 4 Years in a Room the Size of a Closet.

Note: This is one of a series of stories about solitary confinement. Here’s an overall look at the issue: Torture does happen in N.J.'s prison, former inmates say.

By Ron Pierce

I was incarcerated in New Jersey prisons for more than 30 years. I went in at 27 and came out at 58. I am now 60. I spent a total of about four years in solitary confinement.

You got an hour and a half of yard every other day. Other than that you stay in your cell. That’s where your mind can play tricks on you.

New Jersey Civil Rights Leaders Ask Governor Murphy to Stop Plans to Build Youth Prison on Environmentally Compromised Site in Newark

Group’s Letter Calls for Putting Money into Kids, Not Prisons

Newark – The United Black Agenda Group – composed of The New Jersey Institute for Social Justice, Salvation and Social Justice, NAACP New Jersey State Conference, New Jersey Black Issues Convention, Association of Black Women Lawyers of New Jersey and Fair Share Housing Center – sent a letter Wednesday to Gov. Phil Murphy opposing plans to construct a new youth prison in Newark and urging him to stop plans to build any new youth prisons. The group has been at the forefront of the Movement for the 94 Percent—a campaign aimed to hold the Murphy administration accountable to the 94 percent of Black voters who voted for Gov. Murphy.

Closing NJ's 'Shameful' Wealth Gap Between Whites, People Of Color

Social advocacy group urges Garden State to get behind Individual Development Accounts, a matched approach to savings funded by participants, nonprofits, and the state

New Jersey Institute for Social Justice Releases Reclaiming the American Dream: Expanding Financial Security and Reducing the Racial Wealth Gap Through Matched Savings Accounts

New Report Proposes Robust Program to Address New Jersey’s Staggering Racial Wealth Inequality

Newark, New Jersey — The New Jersey Institute for Social Justice today released Reclaiming the American Dream: Expanding Financial Security and Reducing the Racial Wealth Gap Through Matched Savings Accounts, a new report proposing a robust state Individual Development Account program to empower residents to build wealth through matched savings and financial education and coaching.

If We Want Our Share Of Tax Dollars, Electoral Votes, We Must Get The 2020 Census Right, Group Says

Ten years. That’s how long we’ll have to live with a mistake if we get it wrong a year from today – on Census Day.

RVCC Brings Justice To Life With Multi-Faceted Arts Production

Raritan Valley Community College’s Visual and Performing Arts Department will present "And Justice for All," an evening of art and conversation focused on social justice and equality on March 30 in the Edward Nash Theatre at the Branchburg campus.