News The Perfect Storm That's Making Life Worse Than Ever for the Shore's Working Poor

LAKEWOOD — All parents want to make Christmas morning special for their children, including Diana Jacobs, a substitute teacher and single mother of two from Lakewood. But this year, her car broke down, giving her no way to get to work or to take the kids to school, so she had to make some hard choices.

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NJISJ Fall Newsletter 2014

Newlsetter 6-pg-Singles-LoRes_Page_1   NJISJ Fall Newsletter 2014 - Read the latest that is happening at NJISJ!

NJ Supreme Court Reunites Daughter & Formerly Incarcerated Father

The recent New Jersey Supreme Court ruling in New Jersey Division of Youth and Family Services v. J.G., allowed J.G., a devoted father, to regain custody of his daughter and set an important precedent for formerly incarcerated parents throughout New Jersey. From the moment of his daughter's birth, J.G. cared for her, changing her diapers, taking her to the doctor, and fulfilling all other normal paternal responsibilities. This developing relationship abruptly ended when he was incarcerated in 2004. While he was in prison, his daughter was placed in the care of her maternal grandmother. 

Once released from prison, J.G. sought to continue a relationship with her, to remain in her life, to be her father.  Nonetheless, the Department of Children and Families (DYFS) took the position that his parent rights should be terminated - permanently severing the parent/child bonds and legal connections. J.G. fought the request. The state took the position that J.G. efforts to maintain bonds with his daughter were, given his incarceration, insufficient. But last month, the New Jersey Supreme Court issued its ruling in New Jersey Division of Youth and Family Services v. J.G.  

NJISJ Mourns the Death of Stephen L. Robinson

robinson_blogi.jpg  Stephen L. Robinson, a former Army Ranger and wounded-warrior, was a tireless advocate for military and veteran families.  Even though Steve retired in 2001 from the military, it was his mission to focus on veteran services, programs and employment for a population often forgotten. As a Persian Gulf War Vet, Steve testified in Congress about discharging a veteran with a “personality disorder” versus “post-traumatic stress disorder”, which was the difference between the veteran getting full benefits or not.  As the Vice President for External Veteran Affairs at Prudential Financial, Steve was instrumental in NJISJ rethinking and including this important and under-served population in our vision of equal justice. While we mourn Steve’s passing, our collective sadness is surpassed only by our collective gratitude that we enjoyed the rare good fortune of working with an individual of such compassion, commitment and vision. Thank you, Steve.  You will be dearly missed.

NJISJ Gala a Tremendous Success!








2014 Annual Awards Gala Wednesday, June 11 The Park Savoy, Florham Park, NJ

The New Jersey Institute’s 2014 Annual Gala was a tremendous success thanks to generous support of its sponsors and guests. 

Major sponsors included:

Lowenstein Sandler, Horizon Blue Cross/Blue Shield of New Jersey, Johnson & Johnson

Paul V. Profeta and Associates, Inc., Prudential Financial, PSE&G

Steven C. Coleman of Paul V. Profeta and Associates, Inc., DLA Piper, East Orange General Hospital, Genova Burns Giatomasi Webster, Provident Bank, RBH Group, Charles and Lauren Rosen, Rutgers University, Newark, Winning Strategies

To view photos of this year’s honorees, click here



If you would like to join us, please click here.  We hope to see you there!

New Jersey Faith Leaders Press Conference on the Opportunity to Compete Act

New Jersey's Faith Leaders of every denomination are uniting around the Opportunity to Compete Act on April 24th, 2014: What: New Jersey Faith Leaders Press Conference on the Opportunity to Compete Act hosted by Pastor Soaries When: Thursday, April 24th, 

1PM Location: First Baptist Church of Lincoln Gardens, 771 Somerset Street, Somerset, NJ 08873


"As religious leaders, we have witnessed the fallibility as well as the redemption of the human spirit.  When given the opportunity to remedy past lapses, people often strive to rise above their mistakes, becoming better for themselves, their families, and their communities.  

Barring employment opportunities for individuals with criminal records is a denial of the possibility of redemption.   People are hungry to work, but they need to be given a chance.

 The Opportunity to Compete Act will facilitate that chance by deferring (not eliminating) the point at which employers consider applicants’ criminal record and requiring individual consideration of each applicant.  

The Act is not one of lowered standards, nor does it force employers to employ applicants with criminal records.  It merely carries out the goal enshrined in its title – providing people with criminal records the opportunity to compete for jobs based on individual merit."

24 Regional Emmys for NJISJ Trustee Sandy King and Due Process!

Sandy-King-NY-Emmys-2014.jpg Congratulations to NJISJ’s own Sandy King and everyone at Due Process on their recent win of two New York Emmys, bringing their total number of regional Emmys to an astounding total of 24! Due Process won in two important categories: ~ Outstanding Public Affairs Reporting: "Due Process: Good Samaritan" ~ Outstanding Criminal Justice Program: "$$=Freedom: The Broken Bail System" In addition to these two Emmy winners, Due Process was also nominated for their "Ban the Box" program, featuring The New Jersey Institute for Social Justice's efforts to pass the Opportunity to Compete Act, still pending in the Legislature.

These and all Due Process programs may be viewed on-demand on the Due Process website: or on the NJTV website at