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  • NJ S307
  • Creates Veterans Diversion Program to divert eligible servicemembers away from criminal justice system and into appropriate case management and mental health services.**
Introduced
(1/12/2016)
In Committee
(1/30/2017)
Crossed Over
(2/15/2017)
Passed
(3/13/2017)
Signed
(5/1/2017)
Dead/Failed/Vetoed
2016-2017 Regular Session
This bill creates a three-year Statewide Veterans Treatment Court Pilot Program which will have as a purpose the diversion of certain nonviolent offenders who are veterans away from the criminal justice system and into appropriate treatment. This pre-trial intervention program is designed to supplement the Veterans Assistance Project of the Administrative Office of the Courts. The Veterans Assistance Project was established in 2008 to identify veterans as soon as possible after they entered the criminal justice system and provide appropriate referrals to community services and mentors. Currently, veterans who participate in the Veterans Assistance Project may be diverted to existing programs; however the Veterans Assistance Project is not a diversionary program. This bill would establish the Statewide Veterans Treatment Court Pilot Program, a diversionary program specifically for veterans. Under the bill, the Statewide Veterans Treatment Court Pilot Program would be administered by the Administrative Office of the Courts. The bill provides the veterans court with jurisdiction to veteran defendants charged with fourth degree crimes and to veteran defendants who are drug or alcohol dependent. The bill provides that a veteran defendant, who asserts the status of veteran during arrest or confinement or before any court, will be preliminarily qualified and transferred to the program if the veteran: (1) has undergone a professional diagnostic assessment to determine whether and to what extent the defendant is drug or alcohol dependent and would benefit from treatment; or (2) suffers from mental illness and would benefit from treatment. The bill defines a veteran defendant as (a) a person who suffers from a diagnosed mental illness or condition caused by or related to active duty service in the United States Armed Services; or (b) who is undiagnosed as a person who suffers from a diagnosed mental illness or condition caused by or related to active duty service in the United States Armed Services, but who is a veteran of any war or military conflict in which the United States military is or has been a part of as defined in subsection b. of N.J.S. 11A:5-1; or (c) who is a "disabled veteran" as that term is defined in subsection a. of N.J.S.11A:5-1. This definitional section includes veterans who have undergone a professional diagnostic assessment to determine whether and to what extent the defendant is drug or alcohol dependent. The bill also imposes a reporting requirement. Under the bill, the Administrative Office of the Courts is required to monitor the Veterans Treatment Court and report to the Legislature 12 months after the organization of the pilot program and six months prior to the expiration of the pilot program. The reports would include the impact of the pilot program on criminal sentencing and the court's calendar and workload. The reports would also evaluate the effectiveness of the pilot program and recommend whether the program should be continued or expanded.
2nd Reading in the Assembly, 2nd Reading in the Senate, 2nd Reading in the Senate to Concur with Assembly Amendments, Bills and Joint Resolutions Signed by the Governor, Budget and Appropriations, Military and Veterans' Affairs, Passed Assembly, Passed both Houses
Approved P.L.2017, c.42.  (on 5/1/2017)
 
 

Date Chamber Action Description
5/1/2017 S Approved P.L.2017, c.42.
3/13/2017 S Passed Senate (Passed Both Houses) (34-0)
2/27/2017 S Received in the Senate, 2nd Reading on Concurrence
2/15/2017 A Passed by the Assembly (70-0-0)
2/15/2017 A Substituted for A4362 (2R)
1/30/2017 A Reported out of Assembly Comm. with Amendments, 2nd Reading
1/30/2017 Assembly Appropriations Hearing (19:00 1/30/2017 A-4352 pending referral)
1/30/2017 Assembly Appropriations Hearing (13:00 1/30/2017 Committee Room 11, 4th Floor)
1/19/2017 A Reported and Referred to Assembly Appropriations Committee
1/19/2017 Assembly Military and Veterans' Affairs Hearing (10:00 1/19/2017 Committee Room 16, 4th Floor)
1/19/2017 Assembly Military and Veterans' Affairs Hearing (10:00 1/19/2017 Committee Room 13, 4th Floor)
12/19/2016 A Received in the Assembly, Referred to Assembly Military and Veterans' Affairs Committee
12/19/2016 S Passed by the Senate (36-0)
12/5/2016 S Reported from Senate Committee with Amendments, 2nd Reading
12/5/2016 Senate Budget and Appropriations Hearing (13:00 12/5/2016 Committee Room 4, 1st Floor)
6/9/2016 S Referred to Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee
6/9/2016 S Reported from Senate Committee as a Substitute, 2nd Reading
6/9/2016 Senate Military and Veterans' Affairs Hearing (13:00 6/9/2016 Committee Room 1, 1st Floor)
3/10/2016 Senate Military and Veterans' Affairs Hearing (13:00 3/10/2016 Committee Room 1, 1st Floor)
1/12/2016 S Introduced in the Senate, Referred to Senate Military and Veterans' Affairs Committee
Date Motion Yea Nay Other
Detail 3/13/2017 Senate Floor: Amend 34 0 6
Detail 2/15/2017 Assembly Floor: Substitute For A4362 Aca (Voice Vote) 0 0 0
Detail 2/15/2017 Assembly Floor: Third Reading - Final Passage 70 0 10
Detail 1/30/2017 Assembly Appropriations Committee: Reported with Amendments 11 0 0
Detail 1/19/2017 Assembly Military and Veterans' Affairs Committee: Reported Favorably 5 0 1
Detail 12/19/2016 Senate Floor: Third Reading - Final Passage 36 0 4
Detail 12/5/2016 Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee: Reported with Amendments 13 0 0
Detail 6/9/2016 Senate Military and Veterans' Affairs Committee: Reported with Substitution 4 0 1