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Resource ID: #18443
Subject: Justice
Source: Washington Monthly
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Date: 2024-12-19

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The Washington Monthly examines the effectiveness of The Sheriff's Labor Assistance Program (SLAP) administered in New Jersey. The program allows offenders to serve their jail time on weekends, while keeping their jobs and maintain their families. At times when nationwide millions of convicted criminals are ignoring their punishment, SLAP enhances collection of fines from offenders, decreases the recidivism rate, and saves jail costs to the state, the story reveals. Some participants, however, have complained that it makes good use of "public shaming," and have felt embarrassed to work on county projects dressed in conspicuous orange jerseys.

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