With racial tensions still reverberating nationally in the wake of George Floyd’s death in police custody, the New Jersey Assembly doubled down on criminal justice reform by passing several bills that, among other things, push for more diversified and community-sensitive police departments, expand jury pools, and decriminalize possession of small amounts of marijuana.
Of 20 bills approved Thursday during a 90-minute teleconference vote—all by huge majorities or unanimously—eight have to do with changing how law enforcement agencies conduct business.
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