Beginning May 1, for the first time in more than a year, inmates of New Jersey prison will be allowed visitors; the program had been suspended due to a surge in COVID-19 cases. The Department of Corrections credits the growing number of vaccinations among prisoners and an infection rate below 1% as reasons for the change. Visits can take place outdoors, weather permitting, and they must be scheduled in advance.
An award-winning journalist, Briana Vannozzi serves as the anchor for NJ Spotlight News. She's worked in several capacities since joining the news division in 2012, as interim anchor and senior correspondent after years of general assignment reporting as a multimedia journalist. Vannozzi began her television journalism career by cutting her teeth on New Jersey State House politics for New Jersey Network News. And later as a news radio correspondent at FM News 101.9 in New York City. A Burlington County native, she's honored to be serving and covering her home state.