Advocate for Criminal Justice
Thank you for your interest in advocating for criminal justice. The Lesniak Institute has recently assisted with the advocacy efforts for the end of solitary confinement and the implementation of Earn Your Way Out, the most significant piece of criminal justice reform in America, in New Jersey.
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The Earn Your Way Out Act will change the entire culture of corrections by providing inmate reentry plans as soon as they enter prison and establishing administrative parole release for certain inmates on a merit basis.
S761 will provide inmates the support to have a successful reentry into society. Prior to release, there will be a reentry plan implemented for each inmate with services that will cover medical, psychiatric, psychological, educational, vocational, substance abuse, and social rehabilitative services shall be incorporated into a comprehensive reentry plan. With clear expectations of them and the legal system, these rehabilitation programs will help aid the wellbeing of each inmate as they renter society. This bill also provides that parole terms be reduced by parole compliance credits at a rate of five days for each month the person is in compliance with the conditions of parole, and has not committed a serious or persistent infraction.
S761 turns incarceration into opportunity for people who feel that they have had no choice other than resorting to crime to survive. This system provides inmates a second chance at earning a life as a healthy law-abiding citizen. Earn Your Way Out will finally allow people to receive the help and services needed to keep them from falling into a life of crime. It will educate people on how to maintain a healthy lifestyle and give them alternative ways to survive without crime.
Bill S761 was signed into law by Governor Murphy in January of 2020. The law became effective on
February 1, 2021, however it has not yet been implemented. Contact Dept. of Corrections Commissioner, Marcus Hicks, to ask him to prioritize implementing the Earn Your Way Out Act.