9th District Legislators Vote Against Tuition Aid for Prisoners

Delegation Also Opposes Voting Rights for People on Parole or Probation
By Juliet Kaszas-Hoch | Dec 04, 2019

Trenton — Sen. Christopher J. Connors, Assemblyman Brian E. Rumpf and Assemblywoman DiAnne C. Gove of the 9th Legislative District remain staunchly opposed to two bills recently considered by the state Legislature: one that would give tuition aid to prisoners, and a second that would grant voting rights to individuals on parole or probation.

“Taxpayers can’t afford and shouldn’t be forced to pick up the costs of giving more government benefits to criminals who do not want to face the consequences of their actions. To do so only gives residents and businesses more incentive to flee New Jersey to another state with far less extreme policies and a lower cost of living,” the delegation said in a joint statement.

“Shouldn’t law-abiding citizens be considered as more deserving of tuition aid to help pay for the increasing costs of college?” they asked. “Do we really want to give convicted criminals who are on parole or probation for breaking the law the opportunity to influence with their votes public policies that might make our communities less safe? These are very serious questions to consider.”

On Nov. 25, the Assembly passed A-5823, which would remove the prohibition on voting by people who are on parole or probation due to a conviction for an indictable offense under any federal or state laws.

The Assembly also passed S-2055, which would eliminate the statutory provision prohibiting certain individuals who are incarcerated from receiving state student grants and scholarships.

Connors, Rumpf and Gove all voted against the measures when they were presented on the floors of their respective houses. —J.K.-H.

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