Crime in New Jersey

This article refers to crime in the U.S. state of New Jersey. The Federal Bureau of Investigation has a field office in New Jersey, located in Newark.[1]

State statistics

As of 2013, there was a reported 192,971 crimes in New Jersey, including 401 murders. This is an overall decrease in total crimes reported, but an increase in murders.[2]

By location


According to the FBI, in 2010, Elizabeth, New Jersey was the twenty-fifth most dangerous city in the United States. Elizabeth has more than 1,000 violent crimes out of 100,000 people.[3]


Camden has been ranked among the most dangerous cities in the United States in 2002, 2004, 2005, and 2009.[4]

Capital punishment laws

Capital punishment is not applied in this state.[5] New Jersey was the first state to repeal the use of the death penalty after the Supreme Court restored the use of capital punishment in the Gregg v. Georgia case.[6]


Akbar Pray, Newark resident, was sentenced to life in prison in 1990 for leading a drugs gang that had dominated the city's drug trade since the early 1970s.

See also


  1. "Local FBI Offices". FBI. Federal Bureau of Investigation. Retrieved 17 February 2012.
  2. "New Jersey Crime Rates 1960 - 2013". The Disaster Center. Retrieved 30 January 2015.
  3. Leah Goldman; Kevin Lincoln (19 September 2011). "The New Most Dangerous Cities In America". Business Insider. Retrieved 17 February 2012.
  4. Hirsch, Deborah (24 November 2009). "Report ranks Camden most dangerous U.S. city". Courier Post. Retrieved 17 February 2012.
  5. "Facts about capital punishment - the death penalty". Retrieved 24 April 2018.
  6. Richburg, Keith (14 December 2007). "N.J. Approves Abolition of Death Penalty; Corzine to Sign". The Washington Post. Retrieved 17 February 2012.
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