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Legislative Commissions


Overview of the Commission and its Work

The Criminal Sentencing and Disposition Commission was created in 2009 by the New Jersey Legislature. See P.L. 2009, c.81, N.J.S.A. 2C:48A-1 et seq. It shall be the duty of the commission to conduct a thorough review of the criminal sentencing provisions of New Jersey law for consideration of possible recommendations for revisions to the laws governing the criminal justice system.
Commission Members
There is hereby created a commission to be known as the "Criminal Sentencing and Disposition Commission" to consist of 13 members as follows: the Attorney General, or his designee; the Public Defender, or his designee; the Chief Justice, or a designee of the Chief Justice who may be a retired judge with experience in the Criminal Division of the Superior Court; the Commissioner of the Department of Corrections, or his designee; the Chairman of the State Parole Board, or his designee; the President of the New Jersey County Prosecutors Association, or his designee; the President of the New Jersey Bar Association, or his designee; one public member appointed by the Senate President; one public member appointed by the Senate Minority Leader; one public member appointed by the Speaker of the General Assembly; one public member appointed by the Assembly Minority Leader; and two public members appointed by the Governor, not more than one of whom shall be of the same political party. In selecting the public members, the Senate President, the Senate Minority Leader, the Speaker of the General Assembly, the Assembly Minority Leader and the Governor should seek to include persons who have experience, training, or academic background in victims' rights advocacy, corrections, judicial administration or criminal law. The public members appointed by the Governor shall include one representative of a police organization.
Public Members
Senator Sandra B. Cunningham, Senate President's Appointee
Donald A. DiGioia, Esq., Senate Minority Leader's Appointee, Vice Chair
James Nolan, Assembly Speaker's Appointee
Aidan P. O'Connor, Assembly Minority Leader's Appointee
Deborah Poritz, Governor's Appointee, Chair
Jiles Ship, Governor's Appointee, representative of police organization
Ex Officio Members
Attorney General (or designee)
Public Defender (or designee)
Chief Justice (or designee)
Commissioner, Department of Corrections (or designee)
Chairman, State Parole board (or designee)
President, New Jersey County Prosecutors Association (or designee)
President, New Jersey Bar Association (or designee)
The Commission Staff
Gabriella B. Ferri, 609-847-3870
Carolyn I. Roscoe Wright, 609-847-3865



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