In 2016, 81% (76 of 94) murder victims had been involved in the New Jersey criminal justice system. Of the 67 murder suspects/persons of interest, 95.6% were known to the New Jersey criminal justice system. The chart below details some of victims’ and suspects’ criminal justice involvement prior to the murder.
More than two-thirds of the victims and suspects had been on probation at some point in their life prior to the murder and of these individuals, 20% of the murder suspects were on probation at the time of the murder. Approximately three-fourths of the victims and suspects had a jail or prison stay of at least 30 days prior to the incident. For victims who had been to jail or prison, 45% were killed within one year of their release for a stay of 30 days or more. For suspects, 43% were involved in the murder incident within one year of their release for a stay of at least 30 days. Of those who had ever been to prison, a majority (86% of victims and 72% of suspects) had been on parole at some point in their life. For those individuals who had been on parole at some point in their lives, 8% of victims and 13% of suspects were on parole at the time of the incident.