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New Jersey Celebrates the Success of Criminal Justice Reform and Urges Statewide Action

New Jersey Together (NJT) to Commemorate Hudson County’s Efforts to Assist Incarcerated Individuals in Clearing Fines, Fees, Warrants, etc. – Statewide Expansion Urged

– Jersey City On Wednesday, March 15th at 3 p.m., over 200 NJT clergy and community leaders from Hudson, Essex, and Morris Counties (as well as other parts of the State) will gather to celebrate Hudson County’s commitment to help incarcerated individuals petition the courts to address outstanding warrants, fines, and fees. Our Lady of Sorrows Roman Catholic Church is located at 654 Ocean Avenue, Jersey City, New Jersey. On-site parking is available.

The event will honour the efforts of the Hudson County Correctional Facility (HCCF), the Hudson County Prosecutor and Public Defender’s Office, and the County Department of Housing and Community Reintegration to assist incarcerated individuals in paying off their fines, fees, warrants, and detainers.

This action will significantly reduce the economic burden on people reentering the community after incarceration, reduce the threat of re-incarceration after release, and reduce the time people must spend in court after incarceration, which often impedes a formerly incarcerated person’s efforts towards employment or reintegration.

New Jersey Together is a large, multiracial, cross-class, nonpartisan network of over 50 congregations and non-profit organisations in Hudson, Morris, and Essex Counties. The organisation has assisted its member organisations in securing over $2 billion in Chromium Cleanup funding and an additional $2 billion in investments in housing, schools, neighbourhoods, and other areas. Industrial Areas Foundation is the oldest and largest community organising network in the United States.

Members of New Jersey Together met with leaders of the HCCF, the Hudson County Prosecutor and Public Defender’s Office, and the County Department of Housing and Community Reintegration, which are all cooperating in this effort, to launch the initiative to address this issue.

Legislation will be required to eliminate all inappropriate fines and fees, but this collaborative approach offers a real chance for advancement.

During the event, the organisation will solicit additional commitments to build on this success and reach out to state-level decision-makers as well as Essex and Morris County leaders to implement the same programme. Additionally, the event will report on discussions and legislative efforts to address other unfair fines and fees.

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Parvesh
Parvesh
Parvesh is the Content Writer for New Jersey Local News. Here at New Jersey Local News, she covers local news of New Jersey state. Moreover, Parvesh likes to dance and listen to music. She also finds time in her hectic schedule to relax and spend time with loved ones.
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