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  • NJ A3523
  • Requires Division of Parole to offer parole services to certain defendants who have served their maximum sentence.
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Crossed Over
2016-2017 Regular Session
This bill requires the Division of Parole to offer the same post-release services to defendants who have served the maximum term of incarceration that are provided to defendants who are released on parole. Under the bill, these services are to be provided upon the request of the defendant. The bill directs the Commissioner of Corrections to advise these defendants of the availability of these services and to provide the defendant with the appropriate contact information. Under current law, defendants incarcerated in a State correctional facility who do not participate in their own rehabilitation while incarcerated, or who have been denied release under the regular parole process, effectively serve the maximum sentence of imprisonment. These so called "max-outs" subsequently are released directly into the community without any supervision or transitional services. Twice as many defendants max-out as are released on parole. Defendants who max-out are not provided services that are available to parolees, such as access to residential community release programs, known as halfway houses; drug treatment programs; residential programs; community resource centers; emergency housing placement; and other basic support services. Studies indicate that parolees are less likely to recidivate than max-outs because of the supervision they receive after release. The sponsor intends to address this important public safety issue by allowing max-outs access to parole services to facilitate their successful reentry into the community.
2nd Reading in the Assembly, Budget and Appropriations, Law and Public Safety, Passed Assembly
Received in the Senate, Referred to Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee  (on 6/12/2017)

Date Chamber Action Description
6/12/2017 S Received in the Senate, Referred to Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee
6/8/2017 A Passed by the Assembly (70-4-2)
6/1/2017 A Reported out of Assembly Committee, 2nd Reading
6/1/2017 Assembly Appropriations Hearing (19:00 6/1/2017 A-4496 and S-2834 (1R) are both pending referral.)
10/27/2016 A Reported and Referred to Assembly Appropriations Committee
10/27/2016 Assembly Law and Public Safety Hearing (14:00 10/27/2016 Committee Room 13, 4th Floor)
4/4/2016 A Introduced, Referred to Assembly Law and Public Safety Committee
Date Motion Yea Nay Other
Detail 6/8/2017 Assembly Floor: Third Reading - Final Passage 70 4 6
Detail 6/1/2017 Assembly Appropriations Committee: Reported Favorably 9 0 2
Detail 10/27/2016 Assembly Law and Public Safety Committee: Reported Favorably 9 0 0