ASSEMBLY, No. 1661

STATE OF NEW JERSEY

216th LEGISLATURE

 

PRE-FILED FOR INTRODUCTION IN THE 2014 SESSION

 


 

Sponsored by:

Assemblyman  GORDON M. JOHNSON

District 37 (Bergen)

Assemblyman  BENJIE E. WIMBERLY

District 35 (Bergen and Passaic)

Assemblyman  CARMELO G. GARCIA

District 33 (Hudson)

 

 

 

 

SYNOPSIS

     Directs Department of Corrections to provide employment assistance to inmates prior to release.

 

CURRENT VERSION OF TEXT

     Introduced Pending Technical Review by Legislative Counsel

  


An Act concerning transitional services for 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.    No less than 30 days before an inmate in a State correctional facility is scheduled for parole or release, the Department of Corrections, working in conjunction with the Department of Labor and Workforce Development, shall provide the inmate with a list of employers willing to hire former offenders and assist the inmate in contacting the appropriate One Stop Career Center to initiate, prior to the inmate’s release, such personal assessments, counseling, career exploration, job coaching, and job readiness activities as may be appropriate and necessary to aid the inmate in securing a job upon release.

     The Department of Corrections, through its Office of Transitional Services, shall assist inmates in scheduling post release job interviews with those employers.

 

     2.    This act shall take effect on the first day of the third month following enactment.

 

 

STATEMENT

 

     This bill requires the Department of Corrections (DOC), in conjunction with the Department of Labor and Workforce Development, to provide State inmates, prior to release, with a list of employers willing to hire former offenders and to assist State inmates in contacting the appropriate One Stop Career Center to initiate, prior to release, personal assessments, counseling, career exploration, job coaching, and job readiness activities as may be necessary and appropriate to aid inmates in securing employment upon release.

     The bill stipulates that the DOC is required to provide the information and assistance to inmates no less than 30 days prior to the date an inmate is scheduled for parole or release.

     The bill requires the DOC, through its Office of Transitional Services, to assist inmates in scheduling post release job interviews with employers willing to hire former offenders.