Van Drew bill would tighten up aspects of No Early Release law

A bill designed to toughen aspects of the No Early Release Act was introduced Thursday.

Sen. Jeff Van Drew, (D-1), Dennis Township, introduced S2920, which would mandate that all inmates sentenced under the No Early Release Act be confined in at least a medium-security level prison for their entire term.

Under current law, only inmates convicted of sexual offenses or arson are statutorily prohibited from participating in the Residential Community Release Program.

This bill would address that by requiring that all inmates serving a ‘no early release’’ sentence be ineligible for placement in any Residential Community Release Program during the entire term of their mandatory incarceration.

There is an Assembly companion, A4090, sponsored by Matthew Milam, (D-1), Cape May. Van Drew’s bill has been referred to the Senate Law and Public Safety Committee.

Van Drew bill would tighten up aspects of No Early Release law