On November 28th, Governor Chris Christie signed Executive Order Number 83. The expansion of the New Jersey Adult Drug Court Program, with demonstrated statistics of reducing recidivism, will be the main focus of this order. Initially, judges in two counties will have the authority to sentence offenders to treatment programs, such as drug court, instead of prison. Currently, offenders must ask to be enrolled in drug court. The result of having to ask means those in denial of their addiction and those without knowledge of these programs end up in prison without proper treatment and counseling. The Drug Court program is a fifteen year old program that offers nonviolent offenders the option of drug treatment instead of imprisonment.
- More than 1/2 of the people sentenced to prison are rearrested
- Drug Court Graduates show a 1 in 6 rearrest rate
The State of New Jersey offers a variety of programs for adults and juveniles sentenced to prison because of a nonviolent crime the opportunity to remain in the community. Instead of being sentenced to prison, those enrolled in Drug Court or Intensive Supervision Programs obtain a job, expand their education and received counseling or treatment.
For more information about the executive order or for questions regarding these programs you can contact our offices.