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Residents Mark Crime Scenes as Stations of the Cross in Jersey City

An interdenominational group of residents held a symbolic procession to crime scenes in Jersey City.

NJ AG’s Office Asks for Modifications to Bail Reform

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.

Discussing Ways to Help Ex-Offenders

Officials and people who have completed jail sentences gathered in Jersey City for the fourth annual Prisoner Reentry Conference.

Immigrant Advocates Launch Plan to Counter Trump Proposals

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.

Newark Federal Monitor Talks Ways to Improve Police Department

Peter Harvey, Newark's federal monitor, says the police department needs new technology and better training to improve police-community relations.

Rep. Gottheimer Pushes Measure to Rid School Water of Lead

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.

Christie Marks Re-Opening of Mid-State Correctional Facility as Treatment Center

Mid-State Correctional Facility will specifically treat inmates with substance use disorders. Gov. Christie hopes it becomes a national model.

Bills Would Strengthen Building Codes to Prevent Fires

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.

Federal Monitor Peter Harvey Talks Status of Newark Consent Decree

Newark Federal Monitor Peter Harvey says despite talk in Washington, the consent decree in Newark is going to continue to work on police reform.

Maplewood Bans Commercial Use of Gas-Powered Leaf Blowers

Members of the Maplewood Township Committee voted unanimously to ban the commercial use of gas-powered leaf blowers from May 15 to Sept. 30.