What is the Intensive Supervision Program?
If you are convicted of a crime in New Jersey, you may have heard of the Intensive Supervision Program. Known as ISP for short, the program is designed to help those who have been sentenced to state prison and served a minimum amount of jail time can be released before being eligible for parole. However, you need to prove that you’re eligible for the program.
First, it’s important to note that being convicted of certain crimes such as homicide, sex crimes, and robbery make you ineligible for the program. In addition, if you are sentenced to parole ineligibility, you are only eligible for the program after that period has been satisfied.
If you are accepted into the Intensive Supervision Program, you will be in the program for about 16 months. If you violate any of the expectations, you could be under supervision for a longer period of time. You will need a community sponsor. Your application will be scrutinized by a three-judge panel who you will have present a plan explaining what you will do to help avoid problems in the future. It’s usually a good idea to have an attorney present at your interview process to help with your case.
If you are accepted into the program, you will be released from prison under the conditions of ISP. You are expected to do the following once released:
- Obtain a job within 30 days
- Obey a curfew — 6 pm until you get a job, and then it can be changed to between 8 and 10 pm, depending on the ISP officer assigned to your case
- If you have dependents, you will be expected to support them and meet family obligations
- Participate in treatment and counseling programs like AA and NA
- You must stay in the state unless you receive permissions from your ISP officer
- Don’t carry firearms or any other weapons
- Allow your ISP officer to visit your home and search you or anything under your control
- Don’t use drugs or alcohol and submit to testing
- Pay any financial obligations imposed by the ISP Resentencing Panel
- Infor your employer that you are on ISP within 30 days of finding a job
Failure to meet these expectations and it’s possible that you can return to prison. But if you continue to meet expectations, then you’ll receive more privileges and extensions to your curfew.
If you are facing a criminal charge in New Jersey, you’re going to need a good criminal defense attorney by your side. Contact the Law Offices of Anthony Carbone today for a free consultation.