TRENTON, NJ - Perhaps you are better off that county and state parks are closed. A fresh release of prisoners was just announced by Governor Murphy.
Murphy is signing an executive order to place prisoners who were recently denied parole, back out on the streets and off to home confinement, said the Governor.
He plans to have them provided housing services and other social services as well as supervision. Essentially, the services they already receive in prison.
“Under this order, certain low-risk inmates whose age or health status puts them at particular risk for COVID-19, who had been perhaps denied parole within the last year, or whose sentences are to expire within the next three months, may be placed - and I say ‘may be’ - on temporary home confinement or granted parole, if already eligible, through an expedited process,’’ Murphy said on Friday at his daily briefing on the pandemic.
“I want to stress that no one convicted of a serious crime, such as murder, sexual assault, among others, will be eligible for consideration,’’ the governor said.
It isn't clear if the released inmates, recently denied parole, would be formally tested as a condition of release from jail.