Yesterday, it was reported that the New Jersey prisons released thousands of inmates who had eight months or less remaining in their sentences. Over 2,500 adults and 50 juveniles have been released, according to the report, due to the new law, S2519, which states that certain qualifying prisoners may be released early due to the inability of the prisons themselves to protect the prisoners and staff from the COVID-19 pandemic.
The new law does not allow the early release of prisoners who have been convicted of murder, aggravated sexual assault, and “repetitive, compulsive” sex offenses. That being said, there are many individuals who oppose the legislation, as there are certain inmates to be released that though they were not technically charged with murder, their offenses would still largely be considered heinous to most members of the general public.
Regardless of public opinion on the new law, Governor Phil Murphy has stated that he is set to release at least another 1,000 prisoners early starting now and through January 2021, provided the state health emergency is still in effect.
If you believe that this new law may affect you or someone you know, or you are someone who has recently been charged with a crime, please do not hesitate to speak with our experienced New Jersey criminal defense attorney to learn more about how our firm can help you through the process ahead. We have assisted countless individuals charged with criminal offenses for years, and we are ready to do the same for you. All you have to do is pick up the phone and give us a call.
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