Today, a broad coalition of leading New Jersey civil rights, community, and religious leaders “requested that the legislature undertake a comprehensive and inclusive examination of criminal justice reforms needed to positively transform the relationship between police and the residents of New Jersey.”
Earlier this month, African-American elected officials from across New Jersey came together for a historic meeting.
This summit was a first for New Jersey, and occurred as we mark the 50th Anniversary of the Voting Rights Act of 1965, a historic moment in the political history of our country and the state as we reflect on the progress we have made over the last five decades.
On November 11, the Rutgers School of Criminal Justice (SCJ) at Rutgers University-Newark (RU-N) served as the site for spirited discourse on “The Future of Policing: What Does it Mean for Our City?” Nestled in one of Newark’s anchor institutions that proudly acknowledges being of Newark, not just in Newark, government officials, community leaders, activists, and students gathered to engage in productive dialogue about best law enforcement practices for Newark’s constituents.
On Nov. 11 the New Jersey Communities Forward’s Newark Conversation Starters, hosted by the School of Criminal Justice at Rutgers University-Newark, will bring together community members, leaders, law enforcement, and businesses to discuss police body cameras, civilian review for policing and the Federal Consent Decree in the City of Newark. Following this discussion, participants will have an opportunity to break into smaller groups to focus on identifying changes in policing in the City of Newark. This event is free and open to the public.
Assembly Speaker Vincent Prieto (D-32) this afternoon condemned Gov. Chris Christie’s decision to veto the so-called Democracy Act – A-4613, which Prieto said he authored to modernize New Jersey’s voting laws.
In a significant speech during his visit to Newark, President Barack Obama announced that he would direct federal agencies
through an executive action to “ban the box “of criminal history questions on some government job applications.
President Obama’s announcement builds on the pioneering work of the New Jersey Institute for Social Justice and its
coalition partners in banning the box in New Jersey with the passage of the Opportunity to Compete Act in 2014.
The Opportunity to Compete Act seeks to give people with criminal convictions a fair opportunity to secure employment.
President Obama’s executive action follows Senator Cory Booker and Representative Elijah Cummings’ introduction of
The Fair Chance to Compete for Jobs Act of 2015, which is a significant federal legislation that is similar to New Jersey’s Opportunity to Compete Act.