Study: NJ’s early prison releases to ease crowding during COVID didn’t raise public safety risks
A report produced for a state legislative commission by Rutgers University researchers found 25% of those released in November 2020 were rearrested.
Jun 17, 10:31 AM
Arts & Entertainment
Activist artist Chris Wilson promotes awareness of solitary confinement with paintings
Imprisoned for murder and then released from a life sentence after forming a master plan of self-improvement, Chris Wilson dreamed of a New York City exhibition, and then made it happen
Jun 1, 5:01 PM
The slaying of NJ State Trooper Werner Foerster: A case still stirring emotions nearly a half-century later
A ruling by the state Supreme Court will free the officer's killer after repeated denials of parole.
May 16, 1:04 PM
NJ had one of largest prison population drops in the U.S., study finds
A report from the Vera Institute of Justice said nationally the number of incarcerated people dropped by 16% from pre-pandemic levels.
Mar 10, 1:12 PM
NJ Will Resume Releasing Prisoners Early Due To COVID After Murphy Declares Emergency
Governor Phil Murphy re-declared a public health emergency this month, reactivating a law that lets inmates get out early.
Jan 14, 1:51 PM
Manhattan DA Bragg Tells Staff to Stop Prosecuting Certain Offenses
In his first week in office, Bragg issued a memo to staff telling them to stop prosecuting crimes such as trespassing, traffic violations, resisting arrest and prostitution.
Jan 4, 5:27 PM
As COVID Surges In NYC Jails, Officials Quibble Over Blame
Correction Commissioner Vincent Schiraldi issued a frantic letter to public defenders this week calling on them to help reduce the incarcerated population.
Dec 23, 2021 2:51 PM
Advocates Hope Hochul Delivers on Clemency Where Cuomo Failed
Former Gov. Andrew Cuomo commuted very few sentences while in office. Criminal justice groups say they're seeing signs that Hochul may be more responsive.
Dec 16, 2021 12:11 PM
NJ Cut Its Prison Population By 40% During 11 Months Of the Pandemic
Nearly 5,300 adults and juveniles were released from state custody under a state law that gave incarcerated people health credits to get out early.
Nov 22, 2021 5:01 AM
Amidst Crisis At Rikers Island, Governor Hochul Signs The “Less Is More Act”
“Today is about protecting human life, the lives of the people who are incarcerated as well as correctional officers,” Hochul said.
Sep 17, 2021 11:40 AM
Self-Harm Is Exploding In New York City Jails, Internal Numbers Show
Self-harm — including suicides — at Rikers Island and other local lockups spiked last summer as COVID-19 ravaged New York, figures obtained by WNYC/Gothamist and THE CITY show. The rate’s climbed to historic levels in the months since.
Sep 7, 2021 12:01 AM
Despite Recent Batches Of Clemencies, Prison Reform Advocates Feel Let Down By Cuomo
“We are very disappointed that he did not grant more.”
Aug 24, 2021 7:36 AM
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