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Sumter, Mainor &Wimberly Bill to Make Changes to NJ's Juvenile Justice System to Encourage Rehabilitation on Governor's Desk(TRENTON) - Legislation sponsored by Assembly Democrats Shavonda Sumter, Charles Mainor and Benjie Wimberly to make changes to the state's juvenile justice system to facilitate the rehabilitation of juvenile offenders and help break the cycle of recidivism recently cleared the legislature with approval in the Senate (29-10). The bill now goes to the Governor's desk for further consideration.
The bill (A-4299) would make various changes to the state's juvenile justice system. Specifically, the bill would revamp the state law governing waiver of juveniles to adult criminal court; require due process before a juvenile can be transferred to an adult facility; and limit the use of solitary confinement or room restriction as it is known within the system to discipline incarcerated juveniles.
"Once they have served their sentences, these young people will go back to their communities where they will either work to better themselves and their families, or return to their troublesome ways. Where they serve their sentences can make the difference," said Sumter (D-Bergen/Passaic). For More
Jasey, Quijano, Sumter & Wimberly Bill to Enhance Delivery of Before-School, After-School & Summer Programs Heads to Gov's DeskLegislation sponsored by Assembly Democrats Mila Jasey, Annette Quijano, Shavonda Sumter and Benjie Wimberly to improve the delivery of before-school, after-school and summer services and programs for New Jersey students has received final legislative approval and now heads to the governor's desk.
"As the bundle of sticks fable taught us, there is strength in union," said Jasey (D-Essex/Morris). "There are many governmental and nonprofit agencies and organizations throughout the state working independently to provide these services for students that could benefit from knowledge-sharing and a more universal systematic approach to enhance service delivery."
Vainieri Huttle, Mosquera, McKeon, Benson & Sumter ‘Sexual Assault Survivor Protection Act of 2015’ Heads to Governor’s DeskLegislation Would Permit Victims without Ties to Offenders to Seek Protective Orders
Legislation sponsored by Assembly Democrats Valerie Vainieri Huttle, Gabriela Mosquera, John McKeon, Daniel Benson and Shavonda Sumter to allow more victims of sexual assault to seek protective orders against their perpetrators recently received final legislative approval from the General Assembly.
"Simply seeing an abuser - whether he or she is a new acquaintance or an old friend - forces many sexual assault survivors to relive the trauma of having been violated, and current law says they have no option but to suffer in silence," said Vainieri Huttle (D-Bergen)…
Benson, Sumter & Lagana Bill to Ensure Safe Disposal of Prescription Drugs Signed into LawLegislation sponsored by Assembly Democrats Dan Benson, Shavonda Sumter and Joseph Lagana to help curb New Jersey's heroin and opioid crisis is now law.
"With its emphasis on educating the public, this is critical in our effort to prevent overdoses and save lives," said Benson (D-Mercer/Middlesex). "This will help prevent drugs from getting into the wrong hands and, hopefully, eliminate the scourge that is prescription drug abuse in New Jersey..."
Moriarty, Diegnan, Wimberly, Vainieri Huttle, Gusciora & Sumter Bill to Help Prevent Over-the-Counter Drug Abuse Gains Final Legislative ApprovalMeasure Would Penalize Sale of DXM-Containing Products to Minors
Legislation Assembly Democrats Paul Moriarty, Patrick Diegnan, Benjie Wimberly, Valerie Vainieri Huttle, Reed Gusciora and Shavonda Sumter sponsored to help address the prescription drug and opioid abuse epidemic plaguing New Jersey gained final legislative approval on Monday.
"DXM abuse is becoming increasingly worrisome for law enforcement, parents and health care officials across the country," said Moriarty (D-Gloucester/Camden). "It's a scary thought, but adolescents are the primary abusers, mainly because it's cheap and easy to obtain and many parents simply don't know about its potential abuse. With a few simple steps like the ones outlined in this bill, we can combat the risk and ensure this medicine is used properly."
McKeon, Mainor, Jasey, Wimberly & Sumter Bill to Emphasize Traffic Safety to Young Drivers Heads to Gov's Desk
Measure to Be Named "Nikhil's Law" After 11-Year-Old Killed by Driver Who Ran Stop SignLegislation sponsored by Assembly Democrats John McKeon, Charles Mainor, Mila Jasey, Benjie Wimberly and Shavonda Sumter to emphasize to new drivers the importance of following the state's motor vehicle traffic laws received final legislative approval Monday and now heads to the governor's desk.
"This is a simple step we can take to emphasize to our young people that driving comes with responsibility," said McKeon (D-Essex/Morris). "The more we can highlight that point, hopefully the more our young drivers will put safety first."
Caputo, Giblin, Tucker, Johnson, Mainor & Sumter Bill to Make it Easier for Law Enforcement to Use Outdoor Video Footage to Investigate Crimes Heads to Gov's DeskLegislation sponsored by Ralph Caputo, Thomas Giblin, Cleopatra Tucker, Gordon Johnson, Charles Mainor and Shavonda Sumter to make it easier for law enforcement agencies to use outdoor video cameras to investigate crimes received final legislative approval on Monday and now heads to the governor's desk.
"This will help law enforcement officials with investigations of criminal activity and save valuable time and resources by providing them with a registry to determine whether a camera is located near where criminal activity occurred,..." said Caputo (D-Essex). For More