Tuesday, March 27, 2007

D'Amico will appear at Brookdale Community College

"Parole Reform: Is NJ Meeting the Challenge?"
Topic of NJ State Parole Board Chair's Lecture

Lincroft, NJ, March 12, 2007 -Judge John D'Amico, Jr., Chairman, New Jersey State Parole Board, will speak on "Parole Reform: Is New Jersey Meeting the Challenge?" at Brookkdale Community College Monday, April 16. The community is invited to the free presentation to be held at 2:00 p.m. in the MAN building, room 105.

The Judge has been credited for bringing strong reform measures to an agency that often had been described as troubled and not meeting the needs of its clients and the communities in which they reside. He has served as Parole Board chairman since 2003, and soon to be stepping down from his present position, has said his goal from the beginning had been to develop an agency as the national standard for the successful return of ex-offenders into society and for keeping communities safe.

Governor Jon S. Corzine has praised the Judge as an advocate for effective crime-fighting strategies and progressive practices.

The Judge has been a proponent of a new evidence-based practices program that modernizes community supervision by recognizing that public safety is supported by successful community reintegration.

A retired Superior Court jurist, former Oceanport councilman, Monmouth County freeholder and New Jersey state senator, the Judge has stated he is proud of the results achieved by the New Jersey State Parole Board under his leadership. Headquartered in Trenton, the Board oversees a dozen district offices throughout the state, employs over 400 law enforcement officers and 300 civilians in a variety of positions. According to an agency spokesman, it is the sole paroling authority within the state, overseeing the release and revocation decision-making process for all New Jersey offenders. It supervises and provides services for over 14,000 parolees annually and provides lifetime supervision to more than 3,500 sex offenders living within New Jersey.

Earlier in his career, the Judge gained a statewide reputation as a rail commuter activist and helped spearhead transportation improvements in New Jersey. He is a graduate of Harvard College and Harvard Law School.

"We are pleased to invite the community to join our students at Judge D'Amico's lecture. There will be an open question and answer opportunity following the presentation," said College President Dr. Peter F. Burnham.

A coffee reception will follow the event.

Parking for the MAN building is most convenient in lots 1, 4, and 3. For more information, call 732-224-2283.

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