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NJ AG’s Office Asks for Modifications to Bail Reform

4-13-17
The New Jersey Attorney General’s Office has asked the architect of bail reform to “consider making certain modifications” in how the new bail reform system assesses and determines risk of releasing criminal defendants in gun and eluding the police cases.
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Discussing Ways to Help Ex-Offenders

4-13-17
Officials and people who have completed jail sentences gathered in Jersey City for the fourth annual Prisoner Reentry Conference.
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Immigrant Advocates Launch Plan to Counter Trump Proposals

4-11-17
A group of New Jersey immigrant workers and families and grassroots activist group Make the Road Action are launching an eight-point plan called “New Jersey Fights Back” aimed at countering proposals from the Trump administration.
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Newark Federal Monitor Talks Ways to Improve Police Department

4-11-17
Peter Harvey, Newark's federal monitor, says the police department needs new technology and better training to improve police-community relations.
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Rep. Gottheimer Pushes Measure to Rid School Water of Lead

4-10-17
Congressman Josh Gottheimer is proposing the Lead-Free Schools Act, which he says will increase resources for testing, report results and create a pilot program.
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Christie Marks Re-Opening of Mid-State Correctional Facility as Treatment Center

4-10-17
Mid-State Correctional Facility will specifically treat inmates with substance use disorders. Gov. Christie hopes it becomes a national model.
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Bills Would Strengthen Building Codes to Prevent Fires

4-7-17
Lawmakers will consider legislation to strengthen building codes to try to prevent large-scale fires like the one that destroyed an Edgewater apartment complex in 2015.
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Federal Monitor Peter Harvey Talks Status of Newark Consent Decree

4-6-17
Newark Federal Monitor Peter Harvey says despite talk in Washington, the consent decree in Newark is going to continue to work on police reform.
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Maplewood Bans Commercial Use of Gas-Powered Leaf Blowers

4-5-17
Members of the Maplewood Township Committee voted unanimously to ban the commercial use of gas-powered leaf blowers from May 15 to Sept. 30.
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In Newark, Officials Say Police Reforms Will Move Forward Despite Sessions Order for Review

4-5-17
Newark is one of 14 police departments across the country currently under consent decrees. Attorney General Jeff Sessions has called for an immediate review of that process.