In March 2018, Attorney General Grewal named Veronica Allende as theDCJ Director. Allende returned to DCJ after a year and a half at the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Newark; before that, she spent nearly a decade as a deputy attorney general in DCJ, where she prosecuted gangs, cybercrime, and official corruption and served as a member of the Attorney General’s Shooting Response Team.
DCJ attorneys handled a number of significant cases in 2018, including the conviction of 21 individuals involved stolen luxury car rings, the prosecution of 2 lawyers who stole millions of dollars from unsuspecting clients, and the dismantling of criminal organizations that trafficked guns and drugs throughout the state.
Through the Prosecutors Supervision & Training Bureau, DCJ created a number of new statewide training courses for law enforcement officers, including ones relating to sexual assault and domestic violence prosecutions; cultural diversity, de-escalation & bias reporting; preventing violent extremism; and protecting houses of worship.
DCJ’s Appellate Bureau represented the state in a variety of criminal appellate matters, submitting briefs in 35 Supreme Court cases and approximately 250 Appellate Division cases.