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What Is The Intensive Supervision Program (“ISP”)

The Intensive Supervision Program (“ISP”) is a form of parole as opposed to probation, that allows an individual to be released prior to normal eligibility provided certain conditions are met. ISP involves much more intrusive supervision than parole so acceptance is limited to candidates who are likely to succeed. The following is a brief discussion of the ins and outs of New Jersey ISP. An attorney on our criminal team is available for free consultation at 973-710-1520 if you need further assistance or representation.

Who Decides Whether A Person Is Admitted Into ISP?

The panel that decides application for ISP is comprised of three (3) judges. The panel determines, by majority vote, whether someone is admitted into the program.

Is Anyone Excluded From The Program (i.e. Ineligible)?

There are many exclusions that apply in terms of eligibility for the Intensive Supervision Program. The following cases and defendants are excluded from the program:

  1. Those serving custodial sentences or previously convicted of a first degree crime;
  2. Charges involving a substantial likelihood of organized criminal activity;
  3. Cases that carry a period of parole ineligibility/mandatory minimum sentence, for example, those falling under the Graves Act, Brimage Guidelines, or NERA;
  4. Individuals who have previously participated in ISP; and
  5. Defendants convicted of second degree unlawful possession of a handgun, unlawful possession of a machine gun, or unlawful possession of an assault weapon.

What Happens If The Prosecutor Objects To Admission?

If the defendant is serving a prison sentence for a second degree crime, prosecutor objection will render an individual ineligible for ISP unless they have served at least six (6) months of their sentence and is within nine (9) months of parole eligibility.

The process for filing an application for ISP can be very complicated and definitely warrants assistance from an experienced defense lawyer, if at all possible. If you or a loved one is interested in our assistance in obtaining admission into the Intensive Supervision Program, do not hesitate to contact us.