Marleina Ubel


Marleina Ubel, Policy Analyst and State Policy Fellow, researches the criminal legal system with a focus on alternatives to policing that center restorative justice. Previously, Marleina was NJPP’s 2020-2021 Kathleen Crotty Fellow where she analyzed the state budget process and researched public spending on state and local law enforcement. Marleina began her undergraduate work at Valencia College and earned a transfer scholarship to the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill where she earned a B.A. in Philosophy. As a PIKSI fellow, she spent a summer at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology challenging demographic disparities in institutions of higher learning. In 2021, she earned her M.S.W. in Management and Policy at Rutgers University and served as an Eagleton Fellow in the New Jersey Assembly Majority Office. Marleina lives in Lambertville with her husband and daughter.

Affordable for Some: What’s Included and Missing in New Jersey’s FY 2023 Budget

The new state budget creates a Child Tax Credit, but other programs to support working families didn’t make it in.

New Jersey Could Do More to Expand Reentry Services

New Jersey's FY 2023 budget fails to invest in robust reentry services, non-police crisis response, or directly in communities most harmed by the pandemic.

Local Government Should Not Be Funded With Fines and Fees

Testimony by NJPP Policy Analyst Marleina Ubel in opposition of using law enforcement fines and fees to fund government services.

Legislation Undermining the Criminal Justice Reform Act Would Harm Communities of Color

Testimony by NJPP Policy Analyst Marleina Ubel opposing presumptive pretrial detention for Graves offenses.

Breaking Down Governor Murphy’s FY 2023 Budget Proposal

State lawmakers have a big opportunity to make New Jersey affordable for all thanks to stronger than expected tax collections.

Revenue from Cannabis Legalization Should Go Toward Strengthening Communities Harmed by the Drug War

Testimony from Policy Analyst Marleina Ubel recommending how revenue from the cannabis Social Equity Excise Fee should be spent.

Police in New Jersey Earn More Than Twice as Much as Social Service Workers

To truly promote public safety, New Jersey must reassess how investments are made, recognizing that public safety depends on more than police officers.

State of the State 2022: Rapid Reaction

Live from the NJPP Zoom room, Sheila, Peter, Brittany, Marleina, Jon, and Lou react to Governor Murphy's State of the State address (with gifs!).

Loosening Police Training Requirements is Not Only Tone Deaf, But Dangerous

To end unnecessary use of force by police and create safer communities, legislators should pass bills that increase transparency, oversight, and accountability in policing.

New Jersey Can Use American Rescue Plan Funds to Invest in Non-Police Approaches to Public Safety

We can create safer communities, lower police violence, and reduce arrests by investing ARP funds in community-based public safety.
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