I’ve been writing about A4372/S2591 for awhile now, legislation that remains deeply flawed, and would result in dangerous criminals (like murderer and serial rapist Christopher Righetti) being re-sentenced and set free back in to our community. Both bills are up for a vote in the Senate and Assembly on Monday, June 21, 2021.
- A4372/S2591 allows for certain juvenile criminal offenders who were tried as adults to have their sentences reduced, modified, or suspended, regardless of the severity of the crime they committed.
- The bill circumvents the usual Parole Board process, and neglects to take the necessary steps to ensure that our state’s most dangerous criminals do not take advantage of the bill’s good intentions to seek early release.
- The bill does not indicate any exclusions for those sentenced to Life in prison—a sentence given to offenders who have committed especially brutal and violent crimes. The bill needs to exclude those who are a clear danger to society, but it lacks the checks and balances necessary to do so.
Contact your local legislators on Monday morning and urge the them to vote No on A4372 unless the bill is amended to exclude those sentenced to Life in prison.
You can look up your local legislators by municipality at this link: https://www.njleg.state.nj.us/districts/municipalities.asp