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Convicted of a drug crime? You may someday have better options.

Too often, we view people with addiction problems who commit drug crimes as throwaways, incapable of becoming productive members of society and not worthy of our concern. This is a common but short-sighted view that fails to consider that people have the capacity to change and often do.

New Approach to Violent Crime Policing: Will it Work in Camden?

Did you know that on any given night in Camden, there are fewer than 12 police officers on the street? Camden, currently holding the dubious title of Most Dangerous City in America, has the highest murder rate in its history and similar levels for other crimes as a result of cut-to-the-bone budget slashing.  Its response: Abandon the city police department and begin again.

Violent crime down, property crimes up in Toms River

New Jersey's Uniform Crime Report shows that crime in Toms River and in Ocean County increased from 2010 to 2011. This is in line with an overall increase statewide that many experts believe is the result of large layoffs in police departments across the state.

Burglary and other crimes: Are current sentences too lenient?

A recently released report showed that violent crime in New Jersey was down in 2011, but that crime overall had increased. The report attributed at least some of this increase to reductions in the number of police officers in many communities in the state.

Increase in violent and other crimes attributed to fewer police

Although crime has increased in New Jersey during the past year, most experts attribute that increase to a reduction in police forces rather than an increase in criminal activity. In 2011, crime rose by three percent, the largest annual increase since 2008.

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