New Jersey Corrections Commissioner Gary Lanigan gave the Assembly Budget Committee some good news yesterday: Crime is down. The prison population is down 20 percent since the start of the Christie administration. The recidivism rate is at 31 percent, down from 48 percent in 2000.
And the cost of running the state’s prison system has dipped below $1 billion.
Lanigan also lauded the Legislature and Gov. Chris Christie for two developments in particular.
The Ban the Box law barred asking about a criminal record on a job application. And the drug courts, according to the commissioner, “have diverted thousands of inmates.”
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