Report of the GEAR Task Force on Sentencing and Corrections to Governor Corzine
The Task Force recommends a 200 foot school and public property drug zone law accompanied by higher penalties in the zone for the following reasons:
- The proposed changes target offenders based on the harm posed by their conduct and will have a greater deterrent effect in the 200 foot zone.
- The proposed changes will reduce the urban effect described in the Sentencing Commission’s report.
- The proposed changes allow individualized sentencing by the courts, including, when appropriate, utilization of drug court.
- The proposed changes complement tough measures specifically aimed at protecting children from drug dealers.