NEW JERSEY - This morning, Governor Murphy signed an Executive Order allowing certain low risk incarcerated individuals to be placed on temporary home confinement or granted parole if already eligible through an expedited process.
"We’re setting up a robust process through which each potentially eligible individual must be determined to be safe to place on home confinement, and each will be required to have an individualized release plan to ensure they will have access to all necessary services, medical services, and housing", said Governor Murphy.
For those to be considered, the individuals must meet the following criteria:
- Not convicted of a serious crime such as murder or sexual assault
- Whose current age or health status puts them at risk for COVID-19
- Who had been denied parole within the last year
- Whose sentences are to expire within the next three months
"No one who cannot meet these standards will be released", said Murphy. "Individuals on home confinement will still be subject to New Jersey Department of Corrections supervision.
"Social distancing is extremely hard to accomplish in a prison setting", he continued. "Allowing some of our most vulnerable individuals who do not pose a public safety threat to temporarily leave prison will protect both their health and the health of those working in our correctional facilities".
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