Bill Text: NJ S3005 | 2020-2021 | Regular Session | Introduced


Bill Title: Requires subsistence vouchers issued to county inmates upon release be accepted in every county.

Spectrum: Partisan Bill (Democrat 2-0)

Status: (Introduced) 2020-10-08 - Introduced in the Senate, Referred to Senate Law and Public Safety Committee [S3005 Detail]

Download: New_Jersey-2020-S3005-Introduced.html

SENATE, No. 3005

STATE OF NEW JERSEY

219th LEGISLATURE

 

INTRODUCED OCTOBER 8, 2020

 


 

Sponsored by:

Senator  SHIRLEY K. TURNER

District 15 (Hunterdon and Mercer)

Senator  PATRICK J. DIEGNAN, JR.

District 18 (Middlesex)

 

 

 

 

SYNOPSIS

     Requires subsistence vouchers issued to county inmates upon release be accepted in every county.

 

CURRENT VERSION OF TEXT

     As introduced.

  


An Act concerning county inmates and supplementing Title 30 of the Revised Statutes. 

 

     Be It Enacted by the Senate and General Assembly of the State of New Jersey:

 

     1.    A voucher authorizing receipt of subsistence benefits including, but not limited to, housing, food, and health benefits, issued to an inmate released from any county correctional facility in this State shall be accepted by every county agency in the State.  A county agency shall not deny the county inmate any benefit authorized by a voucher to which a county inmate is otherwise entitled on the grounds that the correctional facility from which the inmate was released is located in another county.    

 

     2.    This act shall take effect immediately. 

 

 

STATEMENT

 

     This bill requires every county agency in the State to accept vouchers for housing, food, and medical benefits issued to inmates upon release from a county correctional facility regardless of the location of that facility. 

     The bill specifically requires vouchers authorizing receipt of subsistence benefits including, but not limited to, housing, food, and health benefits, issued to inmates released from county correctional facilities to be accepted by every county throughout the State.  The bill prohibits a county agency from denying the county inmate these benefits on the grounds that the facility from which the inmate was released is located in another county. 

     According to the sponsor, certain counties are refusing to accept vouchers for subsistence benefits from inmates who are released from a correctional facility outside that county. 

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