Early-release killings spark more criticism for New Jersey legislation

    Two recent cases of murder by early-released prisoners have the Christie administration upping its criticism of the legislation.

    The New Jersey governor has already expressed disapproval of the practice, which former Gov. Jon Corzine signed into law.

     

    But as NJ.com reports, the assemblywoman who sponsored the law is standing by it and pointing a finger at the Parole Board.

    More than 230 inmates have been released early since Jan. 3, with only 58 going to secure facilities. The rest must be monitored by the Parole Board. The Board argues the system, designed to assign the released prisoners to parole instead of having them finish their sentences and then go completely free, creates more work for the already overburdened Board.

    New legislation proposes removing early release and creating an alternative program for prisoners with addiction problems.

    Feed the Feed: Based on this year’s early figures, what are your thoughts on the early release legislation?

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