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The New Jersey Courts released a special report completed by the NJ Supreme Court Committee on Municipal Court Operations, Fines and Fees in July 2018 making significant recommendations for reform and improvement. The Supreme Court Committee, formed by Chief Justi...

Debate over social inequities of mass incarceration in the United States typically centers on race and the disparate impact on communities of color. For years, the rate of incarceration for African Americans in the United States has been exponentially higher than of wh...

Legal entanglements are exacerbated if you don’t have financial resources.  We can all relate to getting issued an expensive and inconvenient speeding ticket but what if the anxiety of being pulled over by law enforcement was coupled with a fear of outstanding legal is...

The road home from prison is filled with obstacles and roadblocks.  Finding employment, reuniting with family, locating housing, and meeting conditions of supervision, all while staying drug and alcohol free can be daunting for individuals who return home from incarcer...

In 2015, the Council on Economic Advisors recognized that during the period of exponential growth in the criminal justice system, policy makers argued taxpayers should not bear the responsibility for increasing costs that were incurred.  In their brief Fines, Fees, and...

While considering solutions to complicated criminal justice issues such as the staggering amount of outstanding arrest warrants for low level offenses, court violations, and traffic matters, one can seek inspiration from the valiant efforts of advocates and innovators...

At every stage of the criminal justice system, people of color fare worse than their White counterparts.  The Sentencing Project reports that “sentencing policies, implicit racial bias, and socioeconomic inequity contribute to racial disparities at every level of the c...

In an effort to promote both officer safety and a peaceful way for individuals wanted on warrants to surrender, the United States Marshal Service and the United States Department of Justice created the Fugitive Safe Surrender Program in 2005.  "In 2000, local police we...

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