Bill advances to prevent prisoners from collecting jobless benefits

TRENTON – A proposal that aims to prevent New Jersey prison inmates from receiving unemployment benefits cleared a Senate panel Thursday.

The Senate Labor Committee release S2626, which was borne out of a recent state Comptroller report that found more than $10 million in state benefits were disbursed to thousands of prisoners. The bill requires the state to establish a verification process so that unemployment checks are not sent to prisoners.

The bill cleared the committee with unanimous support from lawmakers and following no discussion.

The New Jersey Business and Industry Association supported the legislation but did not offer testimony.

Bill advances to prevent prisoners from collecting jobless benefits