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Leas Forum: Updates on Criminal Justice Reform – Brenda Maneri, Attorney at Law
January 26 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
The criminal justice system is rooted in two principles: that those accused of a crime are innocent until proven guilty and that they have a constitutional right to a fair trial. Criminal Justice Reform represents a fundamental change in how defendants and their cases are processed in New Jersey Courts. On January 1, 2017, the state moved from a system that relied principally on setting monetary bail as a condition of release to a risk-based system that is more objective, promotes public safety, and is unrelated to the ability to pay monetary bail.
Ms. Maneri is a criminal defense lawyer with the firm of Sitzler and Sitzler in Hainesport, NJ. She received her Juris Doctor from Rutgers School of Law – Camden. Ms. Maneri was instrumental in developing the protocol in Burlington County for the screening and enforcement of Megan’s Law cases. She supervised all aspects of community notification when high risk offenders were released to the community. She also handled all tier designation appeals.
Heshim (Chip) Thomas is the Ombudsman and EEO.AA Officer for the Superior Court of New Jersey, Burlington Vicinage