At long last, the expanded version of Joan’s Law has been signed into law.  A373/S607 calls for anyone convicted of killing a child under the age of 18 to be sentenced to Life in Prison with no parole. The original Joan’s Law (first passed in 1997) covered victims under the age of 14. In recent years, Joan’s mother Rosemarie D’Alessandro has been working for this expanded version, in order to extend protections to additional victims, strengthening the deterrent that aims to keep children safer.

Keep NJ Safe is proud to have played a role in getting the new, expanded legislation drafted and filed back in 2010, and we are so happy for Rosemarie to finally see her hard work and tireless efforts come to fruition.

Read more about the Governor’s signing of the expanded Joan’s Law here:

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