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When the Commission to Review Criminal Sentencing was created in January 2004 through the enactment of  P.L. 2003, c 265, New Jersey’s Legislature made certain that a deliberative body composed of key representatives of the criminal justice system would promote sound sentencing policy founded on the basic principles of public safety, proportionality and fairness. The Commission’s establishment is a timely one, as New Jersey prepares to address numerous current and prospective challenges to its sentencing scheme and penal system.

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This Web site is intended to convey current information about the composition and activities of the Commission, including the scheduling of upcoming public meetings, the issuance of Commission reports and newsletters, and sentencing news from New Jersey and across the country. In short, we hope to serve as an effective clearinghouse to policy-makers, practitioners, and the general public for information about sentencing policy and practice in the State of New Jersey.

Sentencing In The 21st Century And The Necessity Of A Permanent Sentencing Commission In New Jersey

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Commission News


The next meeting will take place on Tuesday, July 17, 2007 at 10:00 a.m. in the first floor conference room of 44 South Clinton Avenue (3 Station Plaza).  The meeting will be open.


Sentencing News

NJ Sentencing News

July 1, 2007
Palm Beach Post

Drug-Free Zones Target Blacks Unfairly, Critics Say

June 24, 2007
Star Ledger
Booker Redirects His Anger At The War on Drugs

May 8, 2007
Home News Tribune

Editorial: Expand Drug Rehab In Lieu of Prison

May 7, 2007
New Jersey Law Journal

Commission Urging Expansion of Drug Courts To Repeat Offenders

May 6, 2007   
Bergen Record

Op-Ed:  State Panel Says Drug Courts Work

May 5, 2007   
Home News Tribute

NJ Commission Pushes Expanded Drug Treatment

May 3, 2007
New York Times

Expansion of New Jersey’s Drug Treatment Courts Is Encouraged

National Sentencing News

June 21, 2007
Washington Post

Sentencing Guidelines ‘Reasonable,’ Justices Rule

June 12, 2007
Washington Post

High Court to Review Sentencing In Crack Cocaine Cases

May 2, 2007
Associated Press

Commission Recommends Lighter Minimum Sentences for Crack Cocaine Convictions

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