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Sumter Appalled by Gov's Absolute Veto of Solitary Confinement Bill(TRENTON) - Assembly Conference Leader Shavonda Sumter (D-Bergen, Passaic) expressed her disappointment yesterday over the Governor's absolute veto of the bill to restrict the use of solitary confinement in New Jersey's prison system. Sumter sponsored the bill in the Assembly in light of a ban implemented in January by the White House that prohibits juveniles and those with a mental illness from receiving solitary confinement in federal jails.
"It is extremely disheartening that Gov. Christie has decided to veto the bill banning solitary confinement in the state's prison system. Our prison systems are supposed to rehabilitate - not do harm. Isolation is not rehabilitation.
Sumter, Holley & Oliver Bill Aimed at Improving Rehabilitation, Reducing Recidivism Rate Clears Assembly CommitteeMeasure Would Require Individualized Re-Entry Plan for Each Inmate
Legislation Assembly Democrats Shavonda Sumter, Jamel Holley and Sheila Oliver sponsored to reform the prison system in New Jersey and reduce the likelihood that former inmates will return to prison was advanced Monday by an Assembly committee.
"The majority of the more than 10,000 inmates who are released from prison each year in New Jersey will be re-arrested, and two in five will return to prison. In addition to the direct impact this has on their own lives, it also affects their families, their communities and the entire state," said Sumter (D-Bergen/Passaic). "It's critical that we stop this woeful pattern by making sure that these men and women have the education, job skills and other resources they need in order to be productive members of society after leaving prison."
Assembly Panel Ok's Egan, Benson & Sumter Bill Requiring Health Insurers to Use Standard Explanation of Health Benefits Forms(TRENTON) - Legislation sponsored by Assembly Democrats Joseph Egan, Daniel Benson and Shavonda Sumter that would create a standard written explanation of benefits form to be used by all health insurance providers in New Jersey was advanced by the Assembly Financial Institutions and Insurance Committee on Monday.
The bill (A-2140) requires health insurance carriers issuing health benefits plans in New Jersey to provide a standardized written explanation of benefits form (commonly referred to as an EOB) to a covered person whenever a claim is generated under the covered person's health benefits plan.
"Using standard forms can help make confusing EOBs, which can vary in length and detail, more user friendly," said Egan (D-Middlesex/Somerset). "It is important that people be well-informed about their benefits, especially what services are covered since they would be footing the difference."