Governor Phil Murphy signed Executive Order No. 124 on April 10, establishing a process by which the Department of Corrections may grant temporary reprieve to certain at-risk inmates during the public health emergency.
The Governor’s Executive Order creates the Emergency Medical Review Committee to make recommendations on which inmates should be placed on temporary home confinement through the Commissioner’s statutory furlough authority. All recommendations to place an individual on home confinement will be made after thorough review and consideration of the conditions that an individual may face in the community.
The four categories for priority early release include:
Individuals aged 60 years or older;
Individuals with high risk medical conditions, as determined by DOC in consultation with the Department of Health;
Individuals whose sentences expire within the next three months; and
Individuals who were denied parole within the last year.
Individuals who have been convicted of a serious offense, including murder, manslaughter, kidnapping, sexual assault, robbery, aggravated assault, or any offense subject to the No Early Release Act, will be ineligible for temporary reprieve. However, the Committee would be able to consider any and all previous convictions when making recommendations for home confinement.
For a copy of Executive Order No. 124, click here.