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Judges to Consider New Guidelines When Sentencing Juveniles

A new Supreme Court ruling means New Jersey judges will have to consider factors like age, immaturity, family environment and peer pressure before giving a lengthy sentence to juveniles convicted of violent crimes.

The Role of Dentists in the Growing Opioid Addiction Crisis

According to the FDA, dentists are the fifth most frequent prescribers of opioid pain relievers.

Bond Industry Reeling From Bail Reform

New bail reform laws to keep poor defendants out of jail are already starting to impact the bail bond industry.

Charlie’s Law Would Impose Fines for Denying Service Dog Access

A Cherry Hill high school student went to the State House in support of Charlie's Law, named after his service dog. The measure would fine those denying access to the animals.

Blue Lines to Show Support for Police Not Permitted

According to the Federal Highway Administration, filling in the space between a double yellow line does not comply with regulations.

Judge to Decide on Criminal Complaint Alleging Christie Misconduct

Judge Bonnie Mizdol will decide whether or not Brennan's criminal complaint alleging official misconduct by Gov. Chris Christie in the 2013 Bridgegate lane closures gets tossed.

Asm. Bramnick, Sen. Lesniak Discuss 2017 State of the State

Chief Political Correspondent Michael Aron talked with Assembly Majority Leader Jon Bramnick and Sen. Ray Lesniak about Gov. Christie's State of the State speech.

Christie Signs Bill Creating 20 New Judgeships

The impetus for the creation of new judgeships is the bail reform law that took effect Jan. 1 in New Jersey.

NJ Driving Fatalities Increased 8 Percent in 2016

The New Jersey Division of Highway Safety says the agency believes excessive speed, lack of seat belt use and distractions such as cell phones are likely causes of the increase in driving fatalities in 2016.

Hiccups Amid Implementation of Bail Reform

In Essex County, pretrial detention hearings were supposed to begin at 9 a.m. Instead, proceedings began at 3 p.m. and not one had an actual hearing where prosecutors were to present clear and convincing evidence that each defendant was a risk for coming back to court or a risk to commit another crime if released.