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Senator Jean Stanfield

Senator Jean Stanfield

Editorial: Being Tough on Crime Means Helping Those Released from Prison to Move Forward

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The following editorial by Senator Jean Stanfield (R-8) was published by NJ.com on July 28, 2022:

There’s an increasingly pervasive and inflexible thought process in our politics on crime these days, one that holds you’re only allowed to be tough on crime and sacrifice compassion or soft on crime and sacrifice safety. By failing to meet in the middle between those far-off stances, we not only fail to protect victims, but also the offenders who have a chance to be reformed.

In this NJ.com editorial, Sen. Jean Stanfield says reentry services and drug diversion programs can help reform offenders, prevent recidivism, and improve public safety. (Pixabay)

I’ve devoted my career to not only protecting people as the Sheriff of Burlington County but also working on getting people help once they do get caught up in the system. I currently serve roles on New Jersey’s Reentry program and the Supreme Court’s JOBS Committee, which help incarcerated people integrate back into society and help recovering drug offenders find careers, respectively.

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Stanfield Bill Honoring First DEP Commissioner “Richard J. Sullivan” Clears Senate

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Legislation sponsored by Senator Jean Stanfield that designates the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) state building in Trenton as the “Richard J. Sullivan Building” was approved today by the New Jersey Senate.

Legislation sponsored by Sen. Jean Stanfield that designates the DEP state building in Trenton as the “Richard J. Sullivan Building” was approved today by the New Jersey Senate. (SenateNJ.com)

“As one of New Jersey’s most respected conservationists, Richard Sullivan not only dedicated his life to protecting the environment, but he established New Jersey as a national leader in pollution control, coastal protection, and land preservation,” said Stanfield (R-8). “My legislation will formally recognize Richard’s legacy and designate the NJDEP’s Trenton headquarters in his name.”

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Senate Approves Stanfield Bill that Would Provide Additional Safeguards for Children

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Legislation sponsored by Senator Jean Stanfield that would require a state employer to screen for allegations of child abuse or sexual misconduct in employment applications was approved by the New Jersey Senate.

Legislation sponsored by Sen. Jean Stanfield that would require a state employer to screen for allegations of child abuse or sexual misconduct in employment applications was approved by the New Jersey Senate. (SenateNJ.com)

“Any individual who works with children, or may come in contact with children due to the nature of their job, should be subjected to the most stringent background checks available,” said Stanfield (R-8). “Although a state employer may run a standard background check on a potential employee, we need to be absolutely certain that individuals are also screened for prior misconduct involving children—especially if the employee will have regular contact with them. My legislation will require this as part of the hiring process and will provide a greater degree of protection for the most vulnerable among us.”

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Stanfield Bill that Would Expand ‘VINE’ for Domestic Violence Victims Clears Committee

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Legislation sponsored by Senator Jean Stanfield that would require domestic violence victims to be notified through the Victim Information and Notification Everyday System (VINE) cleared the Senate Judiciary Committee yesterday.

Legislation sponsored by Sen. Jean Stanfield that would require domestic violence victims to be notified through the VINE system cleared the Senate Judiciary Committee yesterday. (©iStock)

“Just as the VINE system has been put in place to ensure the rights and safety of crime victims, so too should the rights and safety of domestic violence victims be ensured,” said Stanfield (R-8). “This legislation will help support survivors of domestic violence as they work to rebuild their lives. As they go through this difficult process, the least we can do is give them some peace of mind.”

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Stanfield Bill Requiring DOE to Evaluate Educational Needs of Military-Connected Students Clears Committee

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Legislation sponsored by Senator Jean Stanfield that would require the Department of Education to identify military-connected students in its database was approved today by the Senate Education Committee.

Legislation sponsored by Sen. Jean Stanfield that would require the Department of Education to identify military-connected students in its database was approved today by the Senate Education Committee. (Pixabay)

“Children of military service members face many unique responsibilities during their school years,” said Stanfield (R-8). “This legislation will allow schools to better evaluate the educational needs of military-connected students so that teachers can provide personalized academic support.”

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Senate Clears Stanfield Bill that Would Provide Funding for Environmental Infrastructure Projects

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Bipartisan legislation sponsored by Senators Jean Stanfield and Richard Codey that would allocate funds to the Department of Environmental Protection to support water infrastructure projects was approved today by the New Jersey Senate.

Bipartisan legislation sponsored by Sens. Jean Stanfield and Richard Codey that would allocate funds to the DEP to support water infrastructure projects was approved today by the NJ Senate. (Pixabay)

“Environmental infrastructure project loans include millions in funding for clean water projects for the Evesham MUA, Medford Lakes, and Pemberton Township in the 8th District” said Stanfield (R-8). “The funds authorized by this legislation will not only create jobs in New Jersey, but will preserve and protect the environment—which is so critical to our quality of life.”

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Senate Approves Stanfield Bill Establishing “Purple Star Schools Program”

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Legislation sponsored by Senator Jean Stanfield that would establish the “Purple Star Schools Program” in the Department of Education was approved today by the New Jersey Senate.

Legislation sponsored by Sen. Jean Stanfield that would establish the “Purple Star Schools Program” in the Department of Education was approved today by the New Jersey Senate. (Pixabay)

“Children of military service members face many unique responsibilities during their school years,” said Stanfield (R-8). “Between K-12, military children can move to different locations six to nine times, which separates them from family and friends as well as familiar social environments. This kind of upbringing means finding the right school is extremely important—and by designating certain educational institutions as ‘Purple Star Schools,’ we can call attention to schools that provide for the educational and social-emotional challenges military-connected students encounter.”

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Stanfield Bill that Would Provide Funding for Environmental Infrastructure Projects Clears Committee

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Bipartisan legislation sponsored by Senators Jean Stanfield and Richard Codey that would allocate funds to the Department of Environmental Protection to support water infrastructure projects was approved by the Senate Environment and Energy Committee.

Bipartisan legislation sponsored by Sens. Jean Stanfield and Richard Codey that would allocate funds to the DEP to support water infrastructure projects was approved by the Senate Environment and Energy Committee. (Pixabay)

“This legislation is crucial for approving and financing important environmental infrastructure projects that protect our state’s drinking water and waterways,” said Stanfield (R-8). “The funds authorized by this legislation will not only create jobs in New Jersey, but will preserve and protect the environment—which is so critical to our quality of life. Ultimately, providing an affordable financial strategy to upgrade critical infrastructure throughout the state will protect the public health of all New Jerseyans.”

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Stanfield Bill Would Help Substance Abuse Treatment Programs Work

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Senate Panel Endorses Measure to Create Business Tax Credit for Hiring Recovering Addicts

Senator Jean Stanfield’s legislation to help recovering substance abusers find employment cleared the Senate Economic Growth Committee today.

Senator Jean Stanfield’s legislation to help recovering substance abusers find employment cleared the Senate Economic Growth Committee. (©iStock)

Stanfield’s bipartisan bill, S-2228, would establish the Recovery Tax Credit Program to incentivize the hiring and continued employment of qualifying residents who are in recovery from substance use disorder.

“New Jersey has a responsibility to help individuals who have made the decision to get clean and have put in the work to get off drugs,” said Stanfield (R-8). “A stable job and the possibility of a brighter future is a necessary component for recovering addicts as they fight to rebuild their lives.”

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Stanfield Bill Honoring First DEP Commissioner “Richard J. Sullivan” Approved by Committee

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Legislation sponsored by Senator Jean Stanfield that designates the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) state building in Trenton as the “Richard J. Sullivan Building” was approved today by the Senate Environment and Energy Committee.

Legislation sponsored by Sen. Jean Stanfield that designates the DEP state building in Trenton as the “Richard J. Sullivan Building” was approved today by the Senate Environment and Energy Committee. (SenateNJ.com)

“As one of New Jersey’s most respected conservationists, Richard Sullivan not only dedicated his life to protecting the environment, but he established New Jersey as a national leader in pollution control, coastal protection, and land preservation,” said Stanfield (R-8). “My legislation will formally recognize Richard’s legacy and designate the NJDEP’s Trenton headquarters in his name.”

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