First-time offenders get second chance under new criminal justice reform law
The criminal justice reform bill recently signed into law is intended to save money and reduce the state’s prison population by eliminating the factors that contribute to recidivism, or the revolving door of offenders repeatedly returning to prison.
The measure includes a small tweak to current law that allows non-violent and low-risk offenders to quickly get back on their feet.
Tucked inside the mammoth bill were a few small sections that adds an SEJ, or suspended entry of judgement as a form of deferred prosecution. An SEJ will likely be imposed for those first offenders who have a high likelihood of rehabilitation and reintegration into society.