What is New Jersey’s No Early Release Act?

When an individual in New Jersey is charged with a crime, they are facing very serious consequences. If the crime that the individual is charged with is violent in nature or otherwise very serious, a conviction may result in significant penalties that follow them for the rest of their life. New Jersey is committed to holding all offenders accountable for their actions. In doing so, the state implemented the New Jersey No Early Release Act in June, 1997. This Act requires anyone who has been convicted of a violent crime to serve no less than 85 percent of their prison sentence before they can become eligible for parole. It is important to note that these regulations only apply to violent crimes that are in the first and second degree. On average before the No Early Release Act was implemented, violent offenders would only serve about fifty percent of their sentence before going on parole.

The following crimes are subject to the No Early Release Act:

  • Murder
  • Aggravated manslaughter
  • Vehicular homicide
  • Aggravated sexual assault

It is also important to be aware that in New Jersey, there are certain crimes that are subject to a minimum mandatory sentence. The New Jersey State Parole Board aims to allow only those individuals who were incarcerated but are not expected to commit additional crimes once released to return to society.

If you have been charged with a violent crime in New Jersey, it is essential to retain the services of an experienced attorney that can fight for your future. 

The dedicated and compassionate attorneys at Vigilante Law Firm, P.C. would be happy to provide you with assistance in your case and help you protect your future when so much is on the line. Contact us today to schedule a consultation so we can assess the specific circumstances surrounding your lawsuit.