New Jersey

In 2010, New Jersey signed into law a bill that would give judges discretion when sentencing defendants convicted of drug-free “school zone” violations. 

How You Can Advocate for Sentencing Reform in Your State

You can do several things to work toward reforming your state’s sentencing laws – go to our get involved page to find out how.

Encourage your state lawmakers to support mandatory minimum sentencing reform. Be sure to connect with FAMM and other sentencing reformers on Facebook, Twitter, and by signing up for our email list.

Sentencing/Criminal Justice Reform Groups in this State:

November 2, 2015

How N.J. Became a Nationwide Leader in Reducing Prison Population

( — Over the last three years, New Jersey has reduced its prison population at a greater rate than nearly every other U.S. state, according to a new report from the Brennan Center for Justice at New York University Law School. Only Mississippi reduced its prison population at a higher rate, according to the report, which recommends… Read more »

October 7, 2015

How Many Drug Offenders in N.J. Will See Their Sentences Cut?

( — A relatively small number of inmates sentenced to mandatory sentences in federal court in New Jersey will benefit under a program that will free thousands of inmates next month, according to data from the U.S. Sentencing Commission. The commission recommended easing mandatory sentences for certain drug offenders last year. As of August, 150 inmates… Read more »

October 23, 2013

On Booker’s To-Do List: Revamp Mandatory Drug Laws

(Wall Street Journal) — Senator-elect Cory Booker sees revamping drug policies as one of the principal issues he can champion once he takes office in Washington, D.C., and he believes he can draw bipartisan support on the issue—even among those who supported his Republican challenger in the special-election race. Mr. Booker said he has had initial conversations… Read more »