Domestic Violence Law Inspired by Toms River Murder is Delayed

Law would start offender monitoring pilot program in Ocean County

Letizia Zindell (Photo: Lisa's Light Foundation/ Facebook)
Letizia Zindell (Photo: Lisa's Light Foundation/ Facebook)
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 statewide.

A 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 financial hardship.

Christie’s 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.

“I’m 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."
Martin January 14, 2014 at 08:55 AM
Christie speaks from his "bully pulpit" - Protect those poor restraining-order-violating guys... Bridget did it... I am not a crook.
suz January 14, 2014 at 08:56 AM
Oh my goodness! A woman dies because the SYSTEM DOES NOT WORK! What are you going to do? Blame Christie for everything that goes wrong in the state at this point? If he didn't veto (until he reviews it further, by the way), you would be complaining he is spending too much $$. Puppets.
Mortimer Snerd January 14, 2014 at 10:19 AM
Among those 15-18 states higher on the evolutionary chain than NJ, even the infamous Republican governor of Wisconsin got with the program: "Walker signed a law that allows judges to put people on GPS tracking if they violate a restraining order and are found to be more likely than not to cause serious bodily harm to the person who sought the order. It passed with overwhelming bipartisan support."
grace January 14, 2014 at 12:08 PM
hey @ suz all this is too much!! why are we on the ocean city patch lol? the only problem i have with christie might now be the longer school year thing..will have to listen to him then decide..that bully...lol sarcastic!!


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