2013 New Jersey Revised Statutes
Title 2C - THE NEW JERSEY CODE OF CRIMINAL JUSTICE
Section 2C:34-1.2 - Additional penalties for engaging in prostitution as a patron.


NJ Rev Stat § 2C:34-1.2 (2013) What's This?

2C:34-1.2 Additional penalties for engaging in prostitution as a patron.

11. a. In addition to any other disposition authorized by law, the court shall order any person convicted of a disorderly persons offense for engaging in prostitution as a patron pursuant to paragraph (1) of subsection b. of N.J.S.2C:34-1 to participate in the "Prostitution Offender Program" established pursuant to subsection d. of this section, unless the prosecutor, by motion, requests that the mandatory participation be waived, in which case the court may waive the program participation required by this section.

b.In addition to any fine, fee, assessment, or penalty authorized under the provisions of Title 2C of the New Jersey Statutes, a person convicted of an offense of engaging in prostitution as a patron pursuant to paragraph (1) of subsection b. of N.J.S.2C:34-1 shall be assessed, if ordered to participate in the "Prostitution Offender Program," a fee of $500.

c.Each $500 fee assessed as required by this section shall be collected by the court, and forwarded to the Department of the Treasury to be deposited in the "Human Trafficking Survivor's Assistance Fund" established by section 2 of P.L.2013, c.51 (C.52:17B-238). From this fee, $200 shall be retained in the fund, and the remaining $300 shall be distributed as follows: $200 to the approved provider of the "Prostitution Offender Program," as established under subsection d. of this section, attended by the person; and $100 to the law enforcement agency that arrested the person resulting in that person's conviction.

d. (1) There is hereby established an education program to be known as the "Prostitution Offender Program," which shall consist of an instructional program on prostitution and human trafficking schemes offered in one or more locations throughout the State as follows:

(a)by a county or local governmental entity, if that county or local governmental entity demonstrates an interest in establishing a program, submits information pertaining to the proposed operation of an instructional program by the county or local governmental entity, or alternatively, by a nonprofit or other private provider on behalf of the county or local governmental entity, and the Attorney General, in consultation with the Commission on Human Trafficking created by section 1 of P.L.2013, c.51 (C.52:17B-237), approves the program and the provider thereof, if the proposed provider is a nonprofit or other private entity. If a county or local governmental entity establishes and operates an instructional program, then all courts operating within the jurisdiction of that county or local governmental entity shall order a person convicted of an eligible offense under subsection a. of this section to attend that county or local governmental entity's program; provided, a court shall not be required to order a person to attend that program until the first day of the month next following the date on which the Attorney General notifies the Administrative Office of the Courts that the program has been established and approved by the Attorney General; and

(b)by the State, to be established within six months of the effective date of this section, based upon the Attorney General, in consultation with the Commission on Human Trafficking created by section 1 of P.L.2013, c.51 (C.52:17B-237), approving an instructional program to be provided by one or more approved nonprofit or other private providers in multiple locations throughout the State. Any court in a jurisdiction that does not have an approved county or local governmental entity instructional program as established under subparagraph (a) of this paragraph shall order a person convicted of an eligible offense under subsection a. of this section to attend the approved State program established under this subparagraph, unless there is an extra-jurisdictional county or local governmental entity instructional program within 25 miles of the court, and the court has been notified in accordance with this subparagraph, or subparagraph (a) of this paragraph, of the availability of that program to accept participants from the court, in which case the court may instead order a person to attend the county or local governmental entity's instructional program; regarding any program notice under this subparagraph, a court shall not be required to order a person to attend a program until the first day of the month next following the date on which the Attorney General notifies the Administrative Office of the Courts that the program has been established and approved by the Attorney General.

(2)The program shall include information intended to increase the person's awareness of:

(a)the causes of prostitution and its relationship to human trafficking;

(b)the health risks connected with prostitution, including the risk of transmittable diseases;

(c)the consequences of convictions for prostitution or human trafficking, including penalties for subsequent convictions; and

(d)the pervasiveness of human trafficking and the effects of human trafficking on its victims.

(3)Pursuant to section 2 of P.L.2013, c.51 (C.52:17B-238), the Attorney General, in consultation with the Commission on Human Trafficking, may provide for the expenditures of monies from the "Human Trafficking Survivor's Assistance Fund" to assist with the development, maintenance, revision, and distribution of instructional program materials for the "Prostitution Offender Program," and the operation of this instructional program.

L.2013, c.51, s.11.


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