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ELECTRONIC NEWSLETTER
ISSUE No. 2
February 6, 2006

CALENDAR:      The next meeting will take place on Wednesday, February 15, 2006, at 10:00 a.m. in the first floor conference room of 44 South Clinton Avenue (3 Station Plaza), Trenton. The meeting is open.

New Jersey Sentencing News

February 1, 2006
The Star Ledger
Justices: Don’t-Hit-Teacher Law Applies Only to Public School

January 30, 2006
Associated Press
Senate Confirms Attorney General, Community Affairs Nominees

January 30, 2006
The Star Ledger
Appeals Court Clears Way For After-The-Fact DNA Samples

January 29, 2006
The Star Ledger
Getting Away With Murder

January 27, 2006
The Star Ledger

Parole Board Chief Offers Reforms to Save Money

January 17, 2006
Reuters
U.S.: New Jersey Suspends Death Penalty

 
National Sentencing News

January 31, 2006
CNN

U.S. Supreme Court Blocks Florida Execution

 
Proposed Legislation

Senate Bill No. 1229: Introduced on 2/01/2006. Summary: Establishes extended sentences for certain crimes involving eluding a police officer and clarifies the elements of eluding aggravating manslaughter.

Senate Bill No. 1180: Introduced on 1/31/2006. Summary: Imposes mandatory minimum terms of incarceration on juveniles who use guns to commit acts which, if committed by adults, would constitute serious crimes.

Senate Bill No. 1156: Introduced on 1/31/2006. Summary: Imposes mandatory term of life imprisonment without eligibility for parole on persons who commit particularly brutal sexual assaults.

Senate Bill No. 1179: Introduced on 1/31/2006. Summary: Makes suspension of driving privileges mandatory for persons, including juveniles, who are diverted for drug offenses.

Senate Bill No. 1204: Introduced on 1/31/2006. Summary: “Jessica Lunsford Act,” concerns sentencing of sex offenders and persons who harbor them; requires electronic monitoring for certain sex offenders and cerates child protection zones.

Assembly Bill No. 2013: Introduced on 1/31/2006. Summary: Creates permanent “Commission to Review Criminal Sentencing.”

Assembly Bill No. 2274: Introduced on 1/31/2006. Summary: Imposes mandatory minimum terms of incarceration on juveniles who use guns to commit acts which, if committed by adults, would constitute serious crimes.

Assembly Bill No. 2104: Introduced on 1/31/2006. Summary: Creates offenses pertaining to unauthorized use of confidential informants.

Assembly Bill No. 2193: Introduced on 1/31/2006. Summary: Makes certain repeat offenders ineligible for parole.

Assembly Bill No. 2189: Introduced on 1/31/2006. Summary: Eliminates enhanced penalties for certain crimes occurring on or in proximity to school property except when such crimes occur in the presence of a child.

Assembly Bill No. 2075: Introduced on 1/27/2006. Summary: makes possession or use of cellular telephone or accessories by persons confined to State correctional facility a second degree crime.

Sentate Bill No. 171: Introduced on 1/26/2006. Summary: Repeals the death penalty and replaces it with life imprisonment without eligibility for parole in certain circumstances.

Senate Bill No. 907: Introduced on 1/18/2006. Summary: Increases certain arson offenses to a crime of the third degree.

Senate Bill No. 875: Provides for increased penalties for a crime committed in a church synagogue, temple or other place of public worship.

Senate Bill No. 905: Introduced on 1/17/2006. Summary: Establishes mandatory minimum terms of imprisonment without parole eligibility for crimes of criminal sexual contact committed against children.

 
Document Library

Death Penalty

Mandatory Justice: The Death Penalty Revisited
The Constitution Project

Evaluating Fairness and Accuracy in State Death Penalty Systems: The Georgia Death Penalty Assessment Report
The American Bar Association

 
Recent Sentencing Decisions

New Jersey

State v. Justice Cannarella, __ N.J. __ (2006)
Docket No. A-6-05
Held:
N.J.S.A. 2C:12-1(b)(5)(d), the provision of the Code which elevates the disorderly persons offense of simple assault to third-degree aggravated assault when committed upon “any school board member, school administrator, teacher, school bus driver, or other employee of a school board” does not apply where the assault is committed against a public school teacher.

 
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