PROGRESS! Mandatory minimum sentencing for non-violent drug offenses ended through AG Directive
On April 19th, Gov. Murphy announced that — while he would “conditionally veto” the bill on his desk that would end all non-violent mandatory minimum sentences — Attorney General Grewal would immediately issue a directive ending mandatory minimum sentencing for non-violent drug offenses prospectively and for those currently incarcerated (the largest category of offenses and those with the worst racial disparities related to incarceration in NJ).
Here's New Jersey Together's statement from Rev. Ashley & Rev. Perry:
“We look forward to reading the details of this proposal. Ending mandatory minimum sentences for non-violent drug crimes prospectively and for those currently incarcerated will be a huge step in the right direction. Now, the work should begin with the governor and the legislature to make this permanent and to end mandatory minimum sentencing as a whole.”
This move comes after significant advocacy from New Jersey Together that begin in late 2020: https://www.nj.com/news/2020/12/what-racism-looks-like-in-2020-advocates-blast-nj-lawmakers-for-inaction-on-criminal-justice-bill.html
It continued with our work to put a bill to end mandatory minimum sentencing on Gov. Murphy's desk: https://www.inquirer.com/news/new-jersey-bill-eliminate-mandatory-minimum-sentences-nonviolent-offenses-20210301.html
You can read the AG Directive here: https://www.nj.gov/oag/newsreleases21/AG-Directive-2021-4_Mandatory-Minimum-Drug-Sentences.pdf