Statement by New Jersey Public Defender Yvonne Smith Segars on the Department of Corrections review on inmate release records
The following is a statement from New Jersey Public Defender Yvonne Smith Segars regarding the review by the Department of Corrections of inmate records to determine the validity of their release dates. It will serve as the only official statement on this issue from the NJOPD at this time.
"The rights of NJOPD clients are this agency's paramount concern,
and that concern does not stop when the verdict in a case is rendered
and a sentence imposed. The clarity and accuracy of Judgments of Conviction
are matters of constant concern to this office. We have worked with the
other stakeholders in the criminal justice system to enhance the process
in which information on sentencing is conveyed from the courtroom to those
persons in charge of the classification and ultimate release or prisoners.