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Criminal Justice Reform

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Phil Murphy believes a stronger New Jersey is one that ensures and protects justice for all — a fairer New Jersey recognizes the powerful truth of the words Black Lives Matter. Having previously served on the national Board of Directors of the NAACP, Phil has worked with and learned from the world’s oldest civil rights organization. Although much work remains, he has placed New Jersey at the forefront of the national fight for fairness in the criminal justice system. 

While in office, Phil has worked to address longstanding inequities in the justice system that have disproportionately impacted Black and Brown communities, like making sentences fairer, reforming the way law enforcement and communities interact, and expanding alternatives to incarceration.  

Over the last three-plus years, Phil has taken substantial steps to create a more just, fair, and accountable criminal justice system, including: