HOLMDEL, NJ - Senator Declan O'Scanlon, as well as Assemblywoman DiMaso and Assemblyman Scharfenberger spoke out against Governor Murphy's prisoner release plan during the pandemic. Murphy lives in O'Scanlons district.
Murphy is releasing prisoners who are suspected of being infected by COVID-19 according to court documents.
Additionally, prisoners who may be infected who object to being released, can be forced out. Community spread is a primary concern of objectors.
“Releasing these 500 prisoners into the general population when they were already safe from the public within jails is simply lunacy. While some of these individuals may have been serving a sentence for municipal court violations of a year or less, others were convicted of assault on a police officer, child endangerment, and domestic violence. Our county prosecutors had to protest a good number of the releases. That should never have happened in the first place.”
“Further, New Jersey’s prison population has understandably decreased in recent years due to the success of re-entry programs to aid with recidivism. The increase in drug court, bail reform, and re-entry programs has helped to assure that there are few people in prison who aren’t there for very good reasons. Due to the population decrease, we should be able to spread out prisoners to comply with social distancing. We should not be putting them back out into society and asking that they distance themselves. Releasing prisoners should be an absolute last resort and only in the instance that social distancing within the prison is impossible.”
This was previous reported on by TAPinto HCN HERE