NJ governor agrees: Ex-cons should be able to serve on juries

A recent announcement from Gov. Phil Murphy may provide the momentum that many groups are looking for in their quest to allow former convicts to serve on juries in the Garden State.

According to the Murphy Administration, approximately 500,000 individuals in New Jersey are currently banned for life from serving on juries due to prior criminal convictions.

Proposed laws sitting in the New Jersey Legislature would eliminate a past conviction as an automatic disqualifier for jury duty. On Wednesday, Murphy publicly expressed his support for the proposal.

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