A law that would allow New Jersey courts to order electronic monitoring of certain offenders in domestic violence cases has been conditionally vetoed by Gov. Chris Christie to allow the state legislature to conduct a study into how it would be implemented.
Named "Lisa's Law" by its sponsor, Assemblyman Troy Singleton (D-Burlington), the bill was inspired by the 2009 murder of Toms River resident Letizia Zindell, who was killed by her ex-fiance a day after he got out of jail for violating a restraining order she had in place against him.
The ex-fiance, Frank Frisco, later killed himself.
Lisa's Law would create a four-year pilot program in
Ocean County for electronic monitoring of certain domestic violence offenders
and notification to the victim when that offender is within a certain proximity.
As part of the law, the state Attorney General would be required to submit a
report to the governor and the legislature at the end of each year of the pilot
program, evaluating the program and recommending whether it should be continued
defendant ordered by the court to be placed on electronic monitoring may be
ordered to pay the costs and expenses related to electronic monitoring and
victim notification or a portion of the costs and expenses, based on the
defendant’s ability to pay. In addition, the defendant would be assessed
a monitoring fee of $250. The court could waive the fee in cases of extreme
changes proposed in his conditional veto put the provisions of the bill on hold while the Attorney General
conducts a thorough evaluation of the availability of the technology needed to
create and implement the monitoring system and reports back in no more than 120
days, according to Singleton's office.
disappointed and a bit surprised at the governor’s delay in this bill given
that roughly 15-18 other states have instituted similar laws,” said
Singleton, in a statement Monday. “However, I’m committed to working
together to build consensus so that we can see this law implemented as swiftly
as possible. Letizia Zindell’s tragic death shows more must be done to
protect victims of domestic abuse from a similar fate."