TRENTON, N.J. – Legislation to free approximately 3,000 inmates is finally nearing the finish line, and Governor Phil Murphy is expected to sign it into law.
A thinly-veiled social justice measure disguised as a purported effort to combat COVID-19 in jails, S2519/A4235 was recently amended to remove a disturbingly obvious omission from the original bill:
“The committee amended the bill to provide that an inmate or juvenile is not eligible to receive public health emergency credits if the inmate or juvenile is serving a sentence for murder or aggravated sexual assault,” the September 22nd statement explains. “As introduced, only an inmate or juvenile who was deemed a repetitive, compulsive sex offender was ineligible to receive credits.”
The Democrat-controlled legislature is scheduled to take the bill up on Thursday.