Early release repeal passes


The effort to repeal aspects of the controversial early release program passed in the Assembly Monday 72-3-1.

The program, which had resulted in much criticism by Gov. Chris Christie toward Assemblywoman Bonnie Watson Coleman, (D-15), Ewing for her support of the program, had passed the Senate already.

Christie and other Republican lawmakers took issue with the program after two early-release inmates were subsequently arrested and charged in separate homicides.

The program had been put in place in the waning hours of the Corzine administration. An earlier version of this bill, S2308, which provides the state parole board with discretion to reconsider parole eligibility for certain crimes after a set period of time, had drawn a conditional veto from Christie.

Other aspects of the overall concept, including educational programs, remain in place. 

  Early release repeal passes