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  • NJ A2619
  • Requires that certain inmates with detainers be provided access to drug treatment programs.
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2016-2017 Regular Session
This bill provides that an inmate in a State correctional facility who is otherwise eligible for drug treatment cannot be denied access to a drug treatment program operating in a State correctional facility based solely on that inmate having any detainer or open charge issued against him. In order to participate in the drug treatment available as part of the residential community release program, the mutual assistance program, or the therapeutic community substance abuse disorder treatment program, an inmate is required to meet certain eligibility criteria pursuant to regulations of the Commissioner of Corrections. One of the requirements is that an inmate be classified at "full minimum custody status." An inmate is excluded from "full minimum custody status" if he has any detainers or open charges, from any jurisdiction, issued against him. While detainers and open charges are sometimes disposed of while a person is incarcerated, inmates are often unsuccessful in having these matters resolved. As a result, they are barred from receiving drug treatment during the terms of their custodial sentences. The purpose of this bill is to allow an inmate in need of drug treatment to have access to it, regardless of any detainer or open charge, provided he is otherwise eligible and the treatment is available. Under the bill, an inmate with a detainer or open charge would only be eligible for drug treatment programs which operate in State correctional facilities.
Judiciary, 2nd Reading in the Assembly, 2nd Reading in the Senate, Bills and Joint Resolutions Signed by the Governor, Law and Public Safety, Passed Assembly, Passed both Houses
Approved P.L.2017, c.23.  (on 2/10/2017)
Date Chamber Action Description
2/10/2017 S Approved P.L.2017, c.23.
12/19/2016 S Passed Senate (Passed Both Houses) (37-0)
12/19/2016 S Substituted for S2409
11/10/2016 S Reported from Senate Committee, 2nd Reading
11/10/2016 Senate Law and Public Safety Hearing (10:30 11/10/2016 Committee Room 10, 3rd Floor)
6/16/2016 S Received in the Senate, Referred to Senate Law and Public Safety Committee
6/16/2016 A Passed by the Assembly (77-0-0)
6/6/2016 A Reported out of Assembly Committee, 2nd Reading
6/6/2016 Assembly Judiciary Hearing (10:00 6/6/2016 Committee Room 12, 4th Floor)
2/8/2016 A Introduced, Referred to Assembly Judiciary Committee
Date Motion Yea Nay Other
Detail 12/19/2016 Senate Floor: Third Reading - Final Passage 37 0 3
Detail 12/19/2016 Senate Floor: Substitute For S2409 (Voice Vote) 0 0 0
Detail 11/10/2016 Senate Law and Public Safety Committee: Reported Favorably 4 0 1
Detail 6/16/2016 Assembly Floor: Third Reading - Final Passage 77 0 3
Detail 6/6/2016 Assembly Judiciary Committee: Reported Favorably 7 0 0