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NCJ Number: 120494 Find in a Library
Title: Corrections Policy for the '90s
Corporate Author: New Jersey Cty and Municipal Government Study Cmssn
United States of America
Date Published: 1989
Page Count: 134
Sponsoring Agency: New Jersey Cty and Municipal Government Study Cmssn
Trenton, NJ 08625
Document: PDF
Type: Legislative Hearing/Committee Report
Format: Document
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: The overcrowding of the adult and juvenile correctional systems in New Jersey must be addressed promptly by providing additional secure facilities for violent offenders and devising cost-effective alternatives to incarceration for non-violent offenders.
Abstract: The report recommends that the State legislature provide funding for 500 additional prison beds and appoint a Blue Ribbon Study Commission to examine New Jersey's criminal code as it relates to the corrections system with a view to improving the current situation of overcrowding. Among the recommendations regarding alternative corrections are dividing administrative and funding responsibility for pre-dispositional and post-dispositional services by transferring the former to State criminal and family courts, considering house arrest for county-sentenced inmates on work release, accelerating parole eligibility for non-violent prisoners, charging adult probationers a monthly fee to defray county expenses for reducing probation officer caseloads, and treating special categories of troubled youth outside the correctional system whenever possible. 27 tables, 18 figures, 2 appendixes.
Main Term(s): Funding of prison construction
Index Term(s): Alternatives to institutionalization; New Jersey; Prison overcrowding; State correctional facilities
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