Researching Public Law and Public Policy in the Public Interest
Declining incomes herald a shrinking middle class
The Rutgers University School of Law in Newark, NJ
This map of affordable housing transfers in New Jersey shows a geography of opportunity.
In "Toothless: An Analysis of the Efficacy of New Jersey's Affordable Housing Policy," CLiME Fellow Sarah Fletcher examines the state of fair housing in New Jersey, providing a historical context for the formation of COAH (the Council on Affordable Housing) and an analysis of its administration of the law. Despite over forty years of policy reform to address racial and economic segregation in New Jersey, this paper argues that the state has consistently failed to enforce the law. Concluding with an analysis of how other states have approached fair housing, it offers specific recommendations to implement the Mount Laurel Doctrine. Written just prior to New Jersey's recent decision to re-dedicate the fair share process from COAH to the judiciary, Fletcher's analysis may be a guide to future litigation.
Over the last three years, St. Louis County municipalities have chronically violated the constitutional rights of indigent citizens by issuing unreasonable amounts of traffic tickets – tickets accompanied by slews of hefty fines and court costs. When indigent citizens are unable to pay the aforementioned, they are thrown in jail for extended periods of time. Civil rights groups allege that these practices, which are performed solely as a means of funding municipal endeavors, have created the functional equivalent of debtor prisons. The Rutgers Center on Law in Metropolitan Equity, or CLiME, conducted an extensive study of northern and central New Jersey municipalities to determine the extent in which the tactics deployed in St. Louis are used in the Garden State.

From the Director

The death of Freddie Gray, a 25 year-old black man, in the custody of Baltimore police appeared to be just another suspicious death of an unarmed black person in what had become a litany.

Guest Analysis

Here, third-year student Larry Krayne writes about the bureaucratic impediments many Newark drivers face during his internship at Newark municipal court.

Issues in Equity

Continuing the data trend set forth in earlier studies, this report from the PEW Charitable Trusts affirms the conclusion that place matters in determining the possibility for economic mobility. The report uses data from 96 U.S. metropolitan areas to measure the rise in neighborhood economic segregation, concluding with suggested policy changes to address the growing crisis of place-based inequity.

Noteworthy Initiatives

This article presents the methodology for calculating and allocating regional prospective housing need across New Jersey’s 565 municipalities.
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