Pretrial Detention

Defendants who have been in pre-trial detention for at least six months and meet certain requirements have the right to reopen their detention hearings, the New Jersey Supreme Court ruled in a dispute brought by the Office of the Public Defender and the ACLU relating to the impact of Covid-19 and the suspension of in-person criminal jury trials. The court directed trial judges to conduct the reopened hearings “on an expedited basis.”

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House Democrats Urge Quick Release of Detained Immigrant Families

After a federal judge ruled last week that the Trump administration must release some immigrant children from detention centers because of coronavirus risks, House Democrats are now urging the administration to swiftly release all detained children and their parents together.

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