What is the Intensive Supervision Program in New Jersey?
The Intensive Supervision Program is a parole program that allows inmates to serve part of their sentence in community supervision. It is an excellent option for those who qualify. However, getting accepted isn’t automatic, and you should consult an experienced New Jersey criminal defense attorney to see if it is worth it to apply.
How Parole Works in New Jersey
Many inmates are eligible for parole after they have served a third of their sentence. So if they were sentenced to 6 years in prison, they are eligible after 2 years. If granted parole, the inmate is released from prison subject to certain conditions, such as regular meetings with a parole officer and a promise to avoid breaking any more laws.
The Intensive Supervision Program (ISP) allows inmates to seek parole much sooner—typically, within 3-6 months of the start of their sentence. This type of community supervision is highly structured. If granted release, you will have regular contact with an officer, a curfew, and regular urine tests for drugs and alcohol. Community service and employment are also mandatory. The state will also expect you to address any drug or alcohol problems and pay court-imposed fines and sanctions.
Are You Eligible for the Intensive Supervision Program?
Most of those accepted into ISP have non-violent offenses and a sentence in state prison. However, a violent offense is not an automatic disqualifier. Each application is given an individualized review.
Many people accepted into the ISP program were sentenced for:
- Marijuana distribution
- Drug distribution
- Theft by deception
- Aggravated assault
Are Certain People Ineligible for ISP?
Yes. Those convicted of a crime in the first degree or a crime that has a parole ineligibility period cannot apply. They are automatically excluded from participation in the program.
Offenses that might make you ineligible include:
Aggravated sexual assault
2nd Degree aggravated assault
Unlawful possession of a weapon
There are other ineligible offenses. A New Jersey criminal defense attorney can review your case.
Does Someone Convicted of a Second Degree Crime Qualify?
Yes, you are eligible. However, the court will solicit the opinion of the county prosecutor. You will have to wait longer if the prosecutor objects to your admission into the ISP.
Can a Lawyer Help Me with My ISP Application?
Anyone applying would benefit from a lawyer’s help. An attorney can:
- Fill out the application and file it for you.
- Prepare you for the interview with an investigator.
- Prepare you for your hearing before the resentencing panel.
The resentencing panel ultimately determines your fate, and you want to make a good impression. If they grant parole, you are immediately released. If not, you will probably serve out your sentence.
Speak with a New Jersey ISP Attorney Today
The ISP program is a good option for those offenders looking to quickly establish themselves back in the community. The selection process is rigorous, however, and applicants are carefully selected. To improve your chances, contact The Law Offices of Anthony Carbone today to schedule a consultation.