Williams v. N.J. State Parole Board, 252 N.J. 481 (2023)


Katie Beilin argued before the New Jersey Supreme Court on behalf of amicus curiae ACDL-NJ, supporting the defendant's position that because the defendant met the criteria for release under the Earn Your Way Out Act ("EYWO Act"), the Parole Board could not impose the restrictive condition that he enroll in a residential drug treatment program. The EYWO Act applies to low-level offenders, who did not incur infractions in prison and who completed rehabilitative treatment programs. Once a person has met the requirements for administrative parole release, they are to be administratively paroled under the EYWO Act. To find otherwise, ACDL-NJ argued, would undermine the EYWO Act's incentives for individuals to commit to rehabilitation while in prison. The Court agreed, finding that mandating participation in a residential program was simply inconsistent with the mandates of EYWO Act.

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