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  • NJ A373
  • Requires life imprisonment without parole for persons convicted of the murder of a minor under the age of 18 in the course of the commission of a sex crime.
Introduced
(1/27/2016)
In Committee
(6/1/2017)
Crossed Over
(2/15/2017)
Passed
(6/22/2017)
Signed
(7/21/2017)
Dead/Failed/Vetoed
2016-2017 Regular Session
P.L.1997, c.60, known as "Joan's Law," provides that a person convicted of the murder of a child under the age of 14 must be sentenced to life imprisonment without eligibility for parole if the murder was committed in the course of the commission of a sex crime. This bill would raise the age limitation for "Joan's Law," encompassing murders under these situations where the victim was less than 18 years old. Thus, under the bill, a person convicted of the murder of a minor under the age of 18 must be sentenced to life imprisonment without eligibility for parole if the murder was committed in the course of the commission of a sex crime. Murder is a crime of the first degree and is generally punishable by a term of imprisonment of 30 years, during which the defendant is not eligible for parole, or by a specific term between 30 years and life imprisonment of which the defendant must serve 30 years before being eligible for parole. However, there are exceptions to this statutory scheme for certain murders. Defendants convicted of these particular murders must be sentenced to a term of life imprisonment without eligibility for parole. This bill's change to "Joan's Law," which is set out in paragraph (3) of subsection b. of N.J.S.2C:11-3, would not affect the mandatory life sentences imposed on persons convicted of these other murders, as set out in paragraphs (2) and (4) of that subsection. "Joan's Law" was prompted by the 1973 killing of Joan D'Alessandro, a 7-year-old in Hillsdale who had been selling Girl Scout cookies when her neighbor, Joseph McGowan, raped and murdered her.
Judiciary, 2nd Reading in the Assembly, 2nd Reading in the Senate, Bills and Joint Resolutions Signed by the Governor, Budget and Appropriations, Passed Assembly, Passed both Houses
Approved P.L.2017, c.150.  (on 7/21/2017)
 
 

Date Chamber Action Description
7/21/2017 S Approved P.L.2017, c.150.
6/22/2017 S Passed Senate (Passed Both Houses) (36-1)
6/22/2017 S Substituted for S607 (1R)
6/1/2017 S Reported from Senate Committee, 2nd Reading
6/1/2017 Senate Budget and Appropriations Hearing (19:00 6/1/2017 *Revised 5/31/17 - S-2180 and S-2793 have been added. S-2490 (1R)
6/1/2017 Senate Budget and Appropriations Hearing (19:00 6/1/2017 A-320 (1R), A-1690 (ACS) and A-4587 (2R) are all pending referra)
3/13/2017 S Referred to Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee
3/13/2017 S Reported from Senate Committee, 2nd Reading
3/13/2017 Senate Judiciary Hearing (19:00 3/13/2017 Please note: time change to 11:00 a.m. Nominees added. Charles K)
3/13/2017 Senate Judiciary Hearing (19:00 3/13/2017 The committee should also be prepared to consider revisions to t)
2/27/2017 S Received in the Senate, Referred to Senate Judiciary Committee
2/15/2017 A Passed by the Assembly (69-0-0)
10/6/2016 Assembly Appropriations Hearing (12:00 10/6/2016 Committee Room 11, 4th Floor)
10/6/2016 A Reported out of Assembly Committee, 2nd Reading
10/6/2016 Assembly Appropriations Hearing (13:00 10/6/2016 Committee Room 11, 4th Floor)
3/7/2016 A Reported out of Asm. Comm. with Amendments, and Referred to Assembly Appropriations Committee
3/7/2016 Assembly Judiciary Hearing (10:00 3/7/2016 Committee Room 12, 4th Floor)
1/27/2016 A Introduced, Referred to Assembly Judiciary Committee
Date Motion Yea Nay Other
Detail 6/22/2017 Senate Floor: Third Reading - Final Passage 36 1 3
Detail 6/22/2017 Senate Floor: Substitute For S607 (Voice Vote) 0 0 0
Detail 6/1/2017 Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee: Reported Favorably 13 0 0
Detail 3/13/2017 Senate Judiciary Committee: Reported Favorably 13 0 0
Detail 2/15/2017 Assembly Floor: Third Reading - Final Passage 69 0 11
Detail 10/6/2016 Assembly Appropriations Committee: Reported Favorably 10 0 1
Detail 3/7/2016 Assembly Judiciary Committee: Reported with Amendments 7 0 0