This Bill does not protect our children or our communities. We already have laws that do that and keep the balance in our justice system. A3276 will FORCE children to have to testify in court because a mandatory 25 years eliminates any chance of a plea bargain. And it will cost the taxpayers almost $6.5 million a year every year, plus inflation costs. Could you do this to your child?
A3276 will force children to have to testity in court because a mandatory 25 years incarceration eliminates any chance of a plea bargain. This will force children to have to face the vigorous questioning of a defense attorney, to which the any attorney is charge with providing their client. I could not do that to my child. I could not sit in court and watch that happen to my child. I could not allow that to happen to my child and not feel as it I was not protecting my child yet again. I can't imagion the added years of therapy for both the child and the family if this were to happen.
This law also will cost the taxpayers of NJ $6.5 million dollars the 1st year, but double that for the 2nd year and triple it the third. Now add the cost of inflation. Where are we going to get that money?
We have a system that works and one which allows the Judge to take into consideration specfic circumstances. A3276 would not do that. The Judge would have no say, as the sentence would be a mandatory 25 years. So don't listen to Sen. Allen's misinfrmation.
Help protect our children.