NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ - Alexander Shalom, senior staff attorney with the American Civil Liberties Union of New Jersey will discuss the topic of 'Mass Incarceration in New Jersey' when the League of Women Voters of Summit, Berkeley Heights, and New Providence host a free program dealing with criminal justice reform May 23, at 7:30 p.m., at New Providence's DeCorso Community Center.

Shalom will provide his point of view on how the incarceration rate in New Jersey became higher than that in countries like China and Russia. He will also opine on what can be done about the situation.

Shalom, a New Jersey native, litigates cases on issues that disproportionately impact people of color.  He appears in courts throughout the state seeking to ensure more accountable police practices, criminal justice and juvenile justice systems that are more just, better conditions for those in prisons, expanded voting rights, fairer treatment for immigrants and more equitable access to education.

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He also engages in policy advocacy in each of those issue areas, meeting with policymakers, testifying before legislative and rulemaking bodies, and appearing in the media. Prior to joining the ACLU-NJ, Shalom worked as an Assistant Deputy Public Defender in Essex County. In 2007, he was awarded the Public Defender's statewide Young Lawyer of the Year Award. Prior to becoming a criminal defense attorney, he was Capital Cases Clerk for Chief Justice Deborah Poritz at the New Jersey Supreme Court.

 The DeCorso Community Center is located at 15 E. 4th Street in New Providence.