Governor Christie Believes That No Life Is Disposable And Has A Proven Record Of Protecting And Caring For The Most Vulnerable Among Us
A SMARTER AND MORE EFFECTIVE APPROACH TO DRUG ADDICTION AND PRISONER RE-ENTRY
Reaffirming That No Life Is Disposable:
Acting on his belief that every human life is precious, while fulfilling his commitment to emphasize drug rehabilitation efforts and his different approach dealing with drug abuse and addiction, Governor Chris Christie, today, will sign the bipartisan Overdose Protection Act (S2082) into law.
The legislation takes a two-prong approach to help prevent drug overdose deaths in New Jersey:
The bill combines important aspects from the Opioid Antidote and Overdose Prevention Act with the Good Samaritan Act, which Governor Christie recommended changes to in October 2012.
Expanding The Drug Court Program For Non-Violent Offenders:
Last year, Governor Christie followed through on his commitment to take a smarter and more effective approach in how the state treats drug-addicted offenders by signing into law landmark, bipartisan legislation to put in place a statewide, mandatory drug court program. The legislation acted on the principles laid out by Governor Christie– that no life is disposable and that it is a commonsense, fiscal, and moral imperative to help individuals dealing with drug addiction reclaim their lives with treatment, rather than warehousing them in prison.
In fiscal year 2014, Governor Christie further acts on his commitment by increasing funding by more than $7.5 million for drug court operations and the resulting treatment costs.
Governor Chris Christie Is Building On New Jersey’s Strong Record Of Combating Recidivism:
In November 2011, taking action to build on the nationally recognized success of New Jersey’s prisoner re-entry, rehabilitation and prevention programs, Governor Chris Christie outlined an initiative to help even more offenders get the support they need to successfully re-enter society, break the cycle of criminality and lead productive lives.
New Jersey is widely recognized as a national leader in reducing incidents of recidivism and reducing its prison population:
Ongoing Program Assessment And A Real-Time Recidivism Database:
The path forward to improve prisoner re-entry requires the Administration to gauge the successes, failures and the depth of gaps in program delivery – inside and outside of prison. Programming gaps will be rectified by expanding existing, successful programs and hitting capacity thresholds, particularly relating to program delivery within prison.
Expanding The Veterans Haven Program:
The Christie Administration is furthering support for the expanded Veterans Haven program. The Veterans Transitional Housing Program – Veterans Haven – is a facility for homeless veterans. After being medically evaluated at a VA Medical Center, eligible veterans participate in a long-term program focusing on psychological, social and vocational rehabilitation.
The Governor’s fiscal year 2014 budget is increasing state funding by $244,000 as the facility continues to ramp up toward full occupancy.