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NJ’s Parole Paralysis

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Trenton, New Jersey (My9NJ) - Violence throughout New Jersey has become a major problem and now a new study from the state auditor may point to a reason why high profile crimes like the Short Hills Mall carjacking may have happened.

The study showed that 148 of 320 offenders in their sample were not being properly supervised once released on parole. That included more than half of sex offenders and almost 50% of violent offenders who were not being regularly seen by their parole officers.

Senator Linda Greenstein said although the administration blames the parole officers who aren’t doing their job, it’s really the parole system as a whole that is broken.

“I think it’s the process. I think it’s a systemic problem within the parole board, whether its case load, whether it’s funding or whether it’s the way things are prioritized,” she explained.

The senator wasn’t sure if there was a direct link between this study and the Short Hills Mall killing, but she was clear that cases like that are more likely to happen when you have an individual with a history of committing crime dealing with ineffective parole supervision.

“If their parole officer is not right on top of them, seeing them with some frequency, especially in the beginning they have to be watched,” she said.

Currently, each parole officer has a case load of over 50 offenders and Senator Greenstein plans to introduce a bill that would limit that amount.

Do you think a lack of supervision is actually creating more crime?


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