JERSEY CITY and NEWARK. In June, the New York Times reported that Attorney General Jeff Sessions made it impossible for individuals to claim domestic violence or gang violence as a reason to seek or claim asylum. Slate reports that a federal judge recently struck down these Justice Department regulations. The judge ruled that any major changes to federal immigration law must first be passed through Congress, and any attempt to unilaterally change the law will be struck down by the courts. [Read more…] about Supreme Court Rulings Impact Immigration Law
Why Opioid Addiction Needs to Be Treated as a Disease Rather Than a Crime
JERSEY CITY and NEWARK, New Jersey. According to the Centers for Disease Control, 46 people die each day from overdoses due to the use of prescription opioids. Opioid overdoses have surpassed car accidents and other types of accidental death as the leading cause of death among people under 55 years of age, the New York Times reports. Opioids trigger the release of the body’s “feel good” chemicals. While the feeling might be exhilarating at first, over time, prolonged use and abuse of opioids can change the way the brain releases feel good feelings. Stopping the use of these drugs can leave a person feeling depressed and sick. [Read more…] about Why Opioid Addiction Needs to Be Treated as a Disease Rather Than a Crime
Why You Should Demand a Jury Trial if You’ll Face Deportation for a Crime
JERSEY CITY and NEWARK, New Jersey. When the Trump administration expanded immigration priorities, the administration broadened its definition of “criminals” who are deportation priorities. According to the New York Times, Trump’s immigration priorities include any immigrant charged with crimes, even if those crimes don’t lead to conviction. Essentially, if you have been arrested by the police for anything, you can be considered a deportation priority. Fortunately, not many cities are honoring such a broad-based approach to deportation and referrals to ICE. While the Trump administration has been pushing police to ask for immigration status during routine traffic stops and other encounters with police, New Jersey police have chosen to not make this a priority. The likelihood an individual with face deportation proceedings for speeding is low. [Read more…] about Why You Should Demand a Jury Trial if You’ll Face Deportation for a Crime
New Jersey Police Release Enforcement Directive Promising Not to Target Immigrants for Immigration Violations
JERSEY CITY and NEWARK. Research has shown that immigrants are less likely to report crimes or seek assistance for domestic violence if they believe that reporting these crimes will lead to their deportation or to the deportation of their loved ones. Furthermore, some local police officers want to distance themselves from ICE because it makes it more difficult for local police to investigate crimes if local individuals are afraid of the police. A recent New Jersey police Enforcement Directive aims to rebuild trust between police and immigrant communities in the wake of the Trump administration’s actions. [Read more…] about New Jersey Police Release Enforcement Directive Promising Not to Target Immigrants for Immigration Violations
By the Numbers: Which Jersey Shore Town Arrests the Most People for DWI?
One of New Jersey’s most picturesque areas is the Jersey Shore, featuring 130 miles of coastline that spans from Sandy Hook to Cape May. The Jersey Shore’s beautiful beaches boast barrier islands and bays, complete with charming lighthouses, fishing villages, and scenic views. However, many people think of the Jersey Shore as seedy and debaucherous—a place overrun with clubbing, drinking, and partying. The MTV reality television show, “The Jersey Shore”, is a likely culprit for the negative connotations associated with the Jersey Shore. “The Jersey Shore” featured eight young adult housemates living in a shore house in Seaside Heights, New Jersey. So, is Seaside Heights deserving of its bad rap as the party-central, boozy Jersey Shore town? It’s hard to say, but one interesting statistic to look at is the ranking of all 44 towns along the Jersey Shore from least to most Driving While Intoxicated (“DWI”) arrests made, according to the square mileage of the town. NJ.com published these rankings, using data obtained through the New Jersey Municipal Court statistics form July 2016 to June 2017. These statistics for each Jersey Shore town include DWI arrests made by both local and state police. [Read more…] about By the Numbers: Which Jersey Shore Town Arrests the Most People for DWI?
New Jersey Supreme Court Retroactively Applies Warrantless Blood Test Ruling
Newark, NJ- The New Jersey Supreme Court recently decided that a warrantless blood test ruling from the 2013 U.S. Supreme Court decision in Missouri vs. McNeely decision must be applied retroactively to DWI cases that were still open at the time of the McNeely decision in the State of New Jersey. This decision may give some DWI offenders in the state the opportunity to have their DWI case reviewed.