"No other state was taking these 'drastic' steps to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 in jails." - Gov. Murphy
TRENTON, NJ – New Jersey officials are also taking unprecedented action to try to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 to in-state correctional facilities.
As many as 1,000 low-level offenders will be released from jails starting Tuesday after Chief Justice Stuart Rabner signed an order Sunday authorizing the release of offenders serving certain types of sentences in county jails.
New Jersey State Attorney General Gurbir Grewal said that the order applies to inmates who are in jail for probation violations, as well as to those with municipal court convictions, such as disorderly conduct. The order doesn't apply to inmates who are in state prison for serious crimes.
If a county prosecutor or judge objects to the release of one of the inmates, a hearing will be held and a special master will make the final decision.
Murphy said no other state was taking these "drastic" steps to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 in jails.