Senate drug court bill moves in the upper house

TRENTON – A Senate lawmaker’s drug court bill moved through the Senate today.

The bill, S881, would allow more people to be eligible for drug court by giving judges additional discretion in choosing who can be admitted into the program. It would also establish a two-year pilot program for mandatory admission to drug court for certain offenders.

The bill, sponsored by Sen. Ray Lesniak, passed following a 33-2 vote.

Unlike Gov. Chris Christie’s mandatory drug court proposal for all nonviolent offenders in the state, Lesniak’s plan would establish a pilot program that would make drug court mandatory for eligible offenders.

 

Senate drug court bill moves in the upper house