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New Report Implicates Racial Profiling In School Policing

By Phillip J. Murphy |

A new report released in late September suggests that school policing involves racial profiling, criminal justice, and civil rights issues. The report is especially relevant at the moment, as debates surrounding how to make schools safer and stop shootings continue to intensify. As we hear more and more proposals that call for more police… Read More »

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New York Judge Orders Man Freed, Noting “Zero Tolerance” Immigration Policy Is Cruel

By Phillip J. Murphy |

In a major victory for individuals charged with immigration crimes, in late July, a New York judge (Paul Crotty) ordered an Ecuadorian immigrant (Pablo Villavicencio) freed from an immigration detention camp in New Jersey, noting that the U.S. government was applying its “zero tolerance” policy in a “cruel and thoughtless manner.” Judge Crotty also… Read More »

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In Spite Of New Record Sealing Law, Many In New York Still Have Criminal Records Unsealed

By Phillip J. Murphy |

On July 4, the New York Times covered an important story about “expungement” (or, rather, record sealing) in states like New York, and how so few have been able to have their records sealed in spite of the new law that went into effect in October 2017. This law allows anyone with a conviction… Read More »

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Administration’s Policy Of Separating Families & Children Violates Their Civil Rights

By Phillip J. Murphy |

The current administration’s decision to separate families at the border (i.e. the “zero tolerance” policy) has garnered significant attention in the news, particularly in association with various civil rights concerns. Reports indicate that nearly 700 children were separated from their families between October and April, and another 638 just between May 6 and 19… Read More »

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NYPD & New York City Sued For Misusing Arrest Records

By Phillip J. Murphy |

On April 24th, a class action lawsuit was filed against the NYPD police department and the city of New York alleging that the department illegally kept and accessed sealed arrest records in order to target particular communities for investigations and law enforcement activities. The lawsuit alleges that the department used the records in the… Read More »

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When Criminal Justice, Environmental Justice, And Racial Profiling Overlap

By Phillip J. Murphy |

There are many instances where criminal justice and environmental justice overlap, as recently highlighted in this a recent article published by Grist. For one, police and judges often sentence environmental activists to prison terms, conveniently finding connections between peaceful protests and “felony assault.” Sadly, this can also frequently result in a racial discrimination/inequity/environmental justice… Read More »

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Two New Jersey Police Officers Arrested For Misconduct

By Phillip J. Murphy |

Two New Jersey police officers—Jonathan Bustios and Eudy Ramos—were recently investigated and arrested by the FBI for illegally stopping and searching vehicles, detaining the occupants, and stealing items from them. Both officers worked for the Paterson police department for four years and were assigned to the Hillcrest neighborhood and St. Joseph’s Regional Medical Center…. Read More »

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New York’s Marijuana Arrest Statistics Shock Many And Reveal Room For Progress

By Phillip J. Murphy |

As we previously discussed, in January, Governor Cuomo ordered a study to be conducted on the recreational use of marijuana via the New York State Department of Health. That study has since been released, and has shocked a number of New Yorkers. The arrest statistics alone are alarming: There have been close to 900,000… Read More »

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New Jersey Book Ban Violates Prisoners’ First Amendment Rights

By Phillip J. Murphy |

New Jersey has a sordid history when it comes to civil rights issues and prisons: The state leads the nation in racial disparity between black and white inmates, where African-Americans lead the incarceration rate 12-to-1 (in the face of a 5-to-1 national average). Perhaps most shockingly, black inmates represent 60 percent of the state’s… Read More »

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Proposed Federal Law Could Have Broad Repercussions on Civil Rights

By Phillip J. Murphy |

A bill that was introduced in the House this month (September) has many civil rights advocates extremely concerned: H.R. 3697—titled the “Criminal Alien Gang Member Removal Act—would create sweeping grounds for barring entry and/or justifying the deportation of immigrants based on mere suspicions of gang affiliation. Perhaps of most concern is how key terms—such… Read More »

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