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Study of Law Inspired by Toms River Murder Will Be Conducted

Study of law to start offender monitoring pilot program in Ocean County

Letizia Zindell (Photo: Lisa's Light Foundation/ Facebook)
Letizia Zindell (Photo: Lisa's Light Foundation/ Facebook)
Gov. Chris Christie this week signed a bill into law that calls for the state Attorney General to conduct an evaluation of the availability of technology needed to create and implement a system to electronically monitor defendants charged with, or convicted of, domestic violence.

Christie, earlier this month, signed a conditional veto of "Lisa's Law," the law that would immediately enact a pilot of the monitoring program in Ocean County. Christie's condition was that the study should be conducted first.

The law is named for Letizia "Lisa" Zindell, a 30-year-old Toms River woman who was killed by her ex-fiance in 2009 during a domestic dispute.

Frank Frisco, her killer, eventually committed suicide. But the day before the murder, Frisco had been released from jail despite violating a restraining order several times.

"Lisa Zindell’s tragic loss exposed a weakness in our laws for protecting victims from repeated domestic violence," said Assemblyman Ron Dancer (R-Ocean, Burlington, Middlesex and Monmouth), who sponsored the legislation calling for a study.

The measure gives the Attorney General 120 days to conduct the feasibility study and issue a report, according to Dancer's office.

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.
grace January 25, 2014 at 11:16 AM
some laws just make sense..may god bless this beautiful young womans family
suz January 25, 2014 at 05:50 PM
Amen Grace. Thank you Governor Christie.
Joey Joe January 26, 2014 at 06:20 AM
Sorry....when someone has a history of domestic violence - especially in the case of a husband / wife - where either of the two has demonstrated the need for a restraining order they need to be treated like an animal... I say put a monitoring device on both parties that alerts both the police and the person who obtained the protection order that the nut case and the victim are close to each other. This would help the victim know that danger might be near and the police who could then dispatch to his / her location to protect. Put an implant on each much like they do with pets except put a GPS in the device as a location tool. It should be placed in a manner that would not allow it to be removed. Although this is a VERY drastic measure I know it would stop further domestic violence in divorce or separation cases. I have a dear friend that was beat to an inch of her life by a guy she was in the process of divorcing who shall we say had a huge anger issue... If not for a third party who intervened I'm sure the guy would have killed his soon to be ex.... Had they both been "wired" the attack could have been avoided, when the nut case was noted being a half mile away from his victim. The technology is available it should be used.
justmyopinion February 11, 2014 at 03:16 PM
The technology is already is use, what's his problem? Has he ever stood beside the casket of a 30 year old woman who spent her life helping others only to have it ended by the man she thought she would spend her life with? Has he been held on so tightly by Lisa's grieving mom saying she can never come back from this ? Has he looked into her eyes even to this day and saw her pain and emptiness? He should be ashamed of himself, can't handle anything more cause he screwed up with Bridgegate ?? Karma is a bitch Christie !!

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