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Man released from prison after 34 years due to new DNA evidence

As New Jersey residents may have heard, a 63-year-old Pennsylvania man was recently released on bond from prison after serving 34 years of a life sentence for raping and killing a minor in 1976. The discovery of DNA evidence that did not match the man caused the conviction to be vacated.

Alternative sentences to jail that judges may order

Judges in New Jersey may select from a number of alternative sentences when they feel that it would not be appropriate to send the defendant before them to jail. Sometimes a judge will eschew a custodial sentence because the crime involved is minor, and sometimes judges take the defendant's character and remorse into account. Judges may also order a combination of non-custodial sentences such as ordering both probation be served and a fine paid.

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