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Right on Crime | July 10, 2012
New Jersey is seeking to establish a pilot program which will implement mandatory drug court sentences for non-violent, first-time drug offenders. New Jersey Bill S881 was recently passed by both state congressional chambers, and awaits Governor Chris Christie’s approval. This bill will mandate treatment for participants, rather than costly incarceration, and was recently praised by Gov. Christie at a presentation to the Brookings Institution for its emphasis on rehabilitation. The governor expects success from the program, both in the rehabilitation of individuals and in related cost savings associated with diverting these non-violent offenders from costly incarceration.