The criminal justice reform movement gained further steam with Gov. Phil Murphy signing off on four bills that make a youth defendant’s age a mitigating factor, release terminally ill patients, establish a rehabilitation fund and offer credits to inmates for doing “COVID time.”

A-2370, A-4371, A-4373 and S-2519, supporters say, are of huge significance in creating a more humane justice system and helping alleviate vast racial disparities brought on by mass incarceration.

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