A new bill concerning casino job opportunities for recovered drug addicts could go into effect early 2019. Indeed, just before 2018 came to a close, the Senate voted to pass the bill. So going forward, low-level drug offenders could be eligible for positions in Atlantic City’s casinos. On that note, many people are curious as to how this will unfold. So without further ado, let’s examine the details of this new bill and reveal the facts.
A Second Chance
A huge drug epidemic has swept the US in recent years. As a result, most people know someone who’s fighting to overcome an addiction. And, of course, most people believe in second chances. With that said, this new bill allows those people to get back on track in life.
Under the old law, convicted drug offenders weren’t allowed to receive an employee casino license in New Jersey. Now, it looks like we’ll soon see a change. According to reports, Senators Jeff Van Drew and Chris Brown support the new bill. So once the General Assembly reviews it and accepts, the changes will go into effect.
Senator Van Drew said
“All of New Jersey suffers from the opioid epidemic. So by allowing certain drug offenders the opportunity to find employment in Atlantic City casinos gives them a second chance. In fact, it helps them break the cycle of drug addiction by staying clean and productive.”
Taking that into consideration, only low-level drug offenders who complete special drug court programs will be eligible. And offenders must complete treatment at either Atlantic or Cape May County facilities.
According to statistics, people who graduate from these two locations are less likely to be repeat offenders. In fact, there are more than 6,500 people in this program right now. For those who are in treatment, random drug tests occur monthly, and 95% of them return negative results. Not to mention, more than 5,400 people have already graduated from this drug programs. Therefore, New Jersey believes they deserve a second chance, and lawmakers couldn’t agree more.