New Jersey’s jail population in the third year of Criminal Justice Reform (CJR) continued to decrease—down 6.4% from 2018 to 2019—and consisted largely of defendants accused of violent crimes or other serious offenses, according to the annual report released on Wednesday by the Administrative Office of the Courts.

While from Jan. 1 to Dec. 31, 2019, the unnecessary detention of low risk defendants also decreased—which comes as welcome news to supporters and sponsors of several bills in the Legislature, including S-2586/A-4369, which is now before Gov. Murphy to sign—that would repeal the mandatory minimum sentence for those accused of low level drug offenses and property crimes.

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