After One Year, NJ Evaluates 'Get Out of Jail Free' Program

The state performed well for its first year of criminal justice reform, according to the New Jersey judiciary, but key data is missing from the report and the picture is incomplete.

To keep the program successful, the state is going to need to spend more money and provide more services, noted the report issued by the Administrative Office of the Courts.

"Success will depend on the continued collaboration among the three branches of government and the CJR (criminal justice reform) stakeholders, a sustainable revenue stream that can ensure full funding of the program, and services that provide defendants with the means to ensure their own pretrial success," states the report's summary.

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