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okay everybody welcome this is the first.in a series of rapid response webinars.on decoded nineteen pandemic from the.American Bar Association this one are.sponsored by the ABA section of civil.rights social justice the ABA Standing.Committee on legal aid and indigent.defendants and the ABA criminal justice.section as well as about ten other.sections which I will not read to you at.this moment we are actively planning.additional criminal justice programming.on pretrial release compassionate.release and lessons from other disasters.so please visit American Bar org.backslash c rsj for updates on these.programs during today's program if you.look at the bottom if your if your.cursor is active and you look at the.bottom you'll see a number of options.for how to potentially submit questions.we are gonna ask for everyone who would.like to submit a question to use that.Q&A box to do so we'll be monitoring.those as we move through the program for.purposes of this webinar that is the.only way to submit a question so we're.not going to unmute people our moderator.miriam will be given the questions and.raise them at the end we will be sharing.a reporting of this program to everyone.who's registered and it'll be available.it'll be available for circulation you.can feel free to leave us feedback we're.circulated as widely as possible and.with that were thrilled to bring you.today's program New Jersey coab in.nineteen jail release agreement our.moderator for today is miriam Guevara.who serves as a clinical associate.professor at Yale Law School as well as.the special adviser to the ABA Standing.Committee on legal aid and indigent.defendants on public defense Miriam I'll.turn it over to you thank you so much.Malia and Ali for organizing this and.pulling it together in such a short.order.such an important and timely.conversation so as we all know COBIT 19.is posing a grave public health crisis.all over the country and we're all.taking steps to reduce our social.contact and to reduce its spread as we.can see now just even in the format of.this program and in jails and prisons.where social distancing is almost.impossible typical cleaning products and.hand sanitizers are often considered.contraband and health care services are.are limited in many places the potential.for a significant outbreak is.particularly high and I know those of us.who work in the Justice community on all.sides all stakeholders are very.concerned about this across the country.therefore prosecutors public defenders.prison officials and courts are trying.to figure out how to manage the risk and.those discussions have included a number.of possible options from decreasing.pretrial detention to compassionate.release of all Ilyn and firmb prisoners.New Jersey where all of our guests here.today are from hi Andrew was the firt.one of the first states to take concrete.action so last Sunday upon agreement of.the office of the Attorney General the.office of the public defender the County.Prosecutor's Association of New Jersey.and the ACLU of New Jersey the Chief.Justice of the New Jersey Supreme Court.issued an order commuting or temporarily.suspending county jail sentences.currently being served by county jail.inmates either as a condition of.probation or because of a Municipal.Court conviction this order is.remarkable not only because it was made.by agreement among the parties that are.represented here on this webinar but.also for the speed with which the.agreement was reached today on the.webinar we're going to talk to the key.participants involved about the process.and how the agreement has played out.since it was implemented and what next.steps they're considering to keep jails.and prisons from becoming koban 19 hot.spots so I'm delighted to be with this.panel today our panelists are going to.respond to some questions from directed.questions from me to tell us more.about how the process unfolded in New.Jersey and then we are going to proceed.to more questions and answers from the.audience in the way that Mele Malia.described so we are joined by Alex.Shalom who's the senior supervising.staff attorney and director of Supreme.Court advocacy at the ACLU of New Jersey.Andrew Brock who is the executive.assistant attorney general of the state.of New Jersey and Joe kakora who's the.public defender of the state of New.Jersey office of the public defender.he's the chief public defender for the.entire state so welcome to all of you.and thank you so much for the work.you're doing and for participating so.I'm gonna jump into some of the initial.questions that I hope you will provide.you an opportunity to share how you.reach this extraordinary result in your.state so I'm gonna start with you.because the process as I understand it.you can't began with a letter that you.sent on March 19th to the Chief Justice.of the Supreme Court of Jersey and can.you tell us a little bit about what you.were trying to achieve with that letter.and how you mobilize so quickly to get.the letter into the judge of Justices.hands so that's that's right last.Thursday late in the day in a very.informal method of filing with the.Supreme Court of any state which was by.email to the Chief Justice I sent a.letter requesting that he consider in.order to show cause why County inmates.serving less than a year in in.incarceration should not be released in.light of the crisis we attached and Alex.actually did the bulk of the draft a.proposed order to show cause which which.I attached to the email along with with.the letter to the chief emphasizing our.view of the urgency of some measures.here and I want to just real quick so.that started the process the following.day the chief issued an order which on.one hand set up a briefing and motion.and argument schedule which would have.kicked in as early as Monday and Tuesday.of this week but more importantly he.designated a retired judge Philip.Cartman to be a mediator and he had.really made it quite clear that what he.would.would be that the parties including.Andrews office the County Prosecutor's.Association ACLU and my office could.agree on on some method to sort of.implement this process and I think it's.really important upfront for everyone.watching to know because I think this is.an important aspect of it in New Jersey.if you are sentenced to less than one.year incarceration a jail sentence of.less than one year you serve that in the.county jail.as opposed to being sent to state prison.which is really important because in.trying to figure out what approach to.take and Alex and I had discussed this.it seemed important to emphasize that.this order if implemented by the court.would apply to low and medium risk.offenders whose crime whatever happened.to be it it's usually what we call third.and fourth degree offenses in New Jersey.are ones that were not deemed so serious.that if they're less than a year would.be an appropriate sentence because we.happen to coerce balance the safety of.people in the jails with with the threat.to public safety of releasing people who.end up in convicted so that's an.important point to make upfront that.that's that's the group that we target.people who in the county jails serving.sentences of less than here great Andrew.I'm gonna turn to you now when did the.Attorney General come into the.discussions and what was the offices.position initially sure can everyone.hear me we had a little bit of some.technical problems beforehand so I had.to switch from my laptop to my phone.this week has been a adventures in.zooming and so on Friday around noon I.was with the Attorney General and we.were providing legal advice to the.governor's office on a range of.executive orders that were working with.right now.and I looked down at my phone and in my.inbox there's a order to show cause.that's been signed by the Chief Justice.of the state Supreme Court on a case.that's been filed by the public.defender's office in ACLU and I can it.and it says it's probably like about one.o'clock it says that there's going to be.a hearing on.Tuesday that papers are due on Monday.and that the first mediation session.with judge Cartman starts in about an.hour and a half and that we should make.ourselves available and so we dropped.everything and realized that this was.something that we're gonna have to deal.with we obviously had been talking over.the course of the past week about what.do we do about our jail populations it.was something that um we were really.concerned about as well and we were.really concerned about the risk of.infection spreading in any detention.center in the state and once the Chief.Justice had put this on our agenda and.made it clear that something we were.have to deal with and the AG asked me to.lead the negotiations and we had about.an hour and a half to figure out what.our initial position would be going into.the first mediation session that day um.one other thing that's unique about New.Jersey is the way that we structure our.prosecuting agencies so um in New Jersey.we have 21 district attorneys they're.called County prosecutors in our state.and they are appointed by the governor.confirmed by the Senate.they're not elected and they all report.or they're subject to the supervision of.the Attorney General in New Jersey so.for those of you who are familiar with.the federal system it's not unlike the.relationship between US Attorney's and.the US attorney general we have our.County prosecutors who report to the AG.and we also have our own division of.criminal justice which is a little bit.like DOJ is main justice and it does its.own cases so we got on the phone with.the head of the County Prosecutor's.Association and the is the county.prosecutor in Mercer County in Trenton.and figured out what our position would.be going into that initial conversation.and I think we all agree we had to do.something there was just a matter of.freaking out what Merriam if I can just.jump in to add a couple things to what.Joe and Andrew said first since I've.been talking to people in other states.and they had questions about what Joe.started with which was the informality.of the process and we recognized that.that might be unique to New Jersey the.ability I.Joe sent an email directly to the Chief.Justice with a copy to me a copy to the.Attorney General and a copy to the.administrative director of the courts.that's not going to be the initiating.mechanism in every state but then when.you get to what Andrew said I think it's.really important which is we actually.before we had our mediation we had a.quick phone call to just talk through.logistics and this is really where the.tone by the attorney general's office.was set which was Andrew said listen.we're committed to this we want to make.this happen but the currently scheduled.mediation which is 90 minutes from now.might be impossible so we need more time.and I'll tell you my first who's got.reaction was up here we go asking for.more time is it so what we're looking.for is 60 more minutes we've won 150.total minutes instead of two o'clock.let's talk at three because we think we.can make it meaningful at that point and.that was kind of the spirit that was.brought to the whole process which is.we're gonna not try and waste people's.time but we also recognize that every.day that we leave people in jail Oh.literally lives are at stake and so I.think the Attorney General deserves a.lot of credit for being really.reasonable in how much time they needed.and then coming to that first mediation.as Andrew said ready to figure out not.whether to do something but how to do.something.Thank You Alex that's and I wanted to.also segue to you to get a better sense.of how the ACLU and the county.prosecutor has got involved in the.process and what were your roles in this.so Jose laughing because Joe often talks.about how the ACLU inserts themselves.into processes amongst criminal justice.stakeholders in New Jersey and the.answer really is because Joe and I were.talking together strategizing about ways.to do a kind of blanket release and I'm.gonna talk about that in a minute the.county prosecutors that was a decision.when we drafted the order to show cause.we thought they were critical to include.because even though Andrews office.ultimately has supervisorial.responsibilities we also knew that.Andrew doesn't know about every.in Sussex County and what their.particular circumstances are and we.thought the county prosecutors would be.in the best position to make those.individualized determinations but but.really when Joe and I started talking.about this idea of a blanket release or.a mass release it was supplemental to.the work office had already been doing.in conjunction with the Attorney General.and County prosecutors to identify.individuals who should be released.mostly that dealt with pretrial.detainees and so they were trying to.identify you before we filed the order.to show cause pretrial detainees who.either because of age or infirmity were.particularly particularly vulnerable to.go to 19 or whose the rationale for.detention in their cases was a closer.question than others and so they were.already working on getting individuals.out and then Joe and I brainstormed how.we might be able to get I took the lead.on the initial drafting of the order to.Show Cause and that's how we wound up as.part of this process thank you it's.really extraordinary how you all pull.together all these different.stakeholders and I know some of it is.seems somewhat you know particular to.New Jersey's structure and politics but.I think there are a lot of interesting.lessons to draw from here can you all.tell us a little bit more about the.mediation process once you actually got.to the table so the AG came with a.particular position to begin with but.then did that solidify rather quickly.did that coalesce rather quickly into a.solution or where there are more.iterations of positions and you know.coming back to the table maybe I'll jump.in on that barrier or I just want to go.back to a comment you just made which i.think is important and one of the.reasons we're able to achieve these kind.of consensus reforms in New Jersey is.that a we have a statewide public.defender system which means that I can.set the policy for every public.defender's office in the state and.therefore about 90 something percent of.all the people charged with crimes in.the same way that the Attorney General.has overall supervisory authority over.the county prosecutors and.think that's important because you.reduce the number of stakeholders that.have to get on the same page to make.something simply happen like getting to.your other your new question I think and.I'll let Andrew and and Alex jump in as.well I think we actually got the basic.parameters of a plan to do this very.quickly there were a lot of details that.had to be worked out but I think pretty.quickly at least if I remember last.weekend which was spent mostly on on on.zoom and we called teams the Microsoft.platform in New Jersey that we got to.pretty quickly to a format which would.identify the people in the jail's who.were eligible under the contours of this.right people who had been sentenced to.less than a year in general in broad.terms and then a mechanism for.objections by prosecutors to the release.of some of those eligible I'll call them.inmates and and I let them jump in there.but I my recollection is we got kind of.that overall structure pretty quickly.and then went from there the rest of.Saturday and Sunday I think that's right.one other dynamic that I think was.important during these discussions and.that actually plays into the what the.initial structure was that we discussed.is the relationships that I think we all.have with each other um that New Jersey.has pushed through a number of criminal.justice reforms over the last couple of.years and I think parties have been.pretty committed to doing it in a.collaborative consensus driven way so um.the New Jersey's abolition of cash bail.over the last couple of years was done.through a process that was led by the.Chief Justice and involve folks from the.AG's office before I got there but.involved Joe during his time in the.public defender's office in folks at the.ACLU including Alex so the players were.known to each other and then most.recently at the end of last year a Joe.and I spend a lot of time it was me Joe.and folks from the County Prosecutor's.Association spent a lot of time.hammering out a legislative proposal.that would end a mandatory minimum.sentences for nonviolent drug.bankers and that was a similar series of.negotiations over the course of two.months it wasn't as compressed as this.but we were very used to engaging in.these kinds of discussions and I think.it the we had the framework from the.conversations last year about mandatory.minimums and when we when we designed.that system when we the legislative.proposal includes a retroactivity period.for folks who are currently in prison.for nonviolent drug offenses and finding.a mechanism to get them out quickly and.the model we use for that was everyone.would get out quickly but the.prosecutors would have an opportunity to.file an objection and then there would.be a quick resolution or adjudication of.that objection so that model was.familiar to us and we just applied it.here quickly and we could just make.reference to the discussions we've had a.couple months earlier so I can just add.to that two points though lots of like.Joe and Andrew said the first is very.specifically Miriam to answer your.question I was the keeper of the working.draft so I was this kind of scribe and.sending around versions and we got up to.version 9 so Joe is right absolutely.then we reached broad consensus on what.it would look like early but then there.were several iterations on the details.before we ultimately settled on and that.included changing dates and kind of.minutiae but things that ultimately did.really matter and then the truth is we.did version 9 and then had to ultimately.ask the supreme court to enter a.supplemental water on one paragraph that.we had that was kind of understood by us.but we hadn't worked out the mechanism.for but I want to just talk specifically.about what Andrew was saying about the.history and new jersey of stakeholders.coming together to work collaboratively.he's certainly right that the trust that.was built there was very valuable but.the other thing is the specific reform.he first reference which is he called it.the abolition of cash bail what I would.call it is the total reworking of our.pretrial justice system what it means is.I've seen in some of our sister states.people saying as a result of Cove in.nineteen we should get low-level.offender.who are only being bailed out of jail.that wasn't an option for us in New.Jersey because they've already been out.of jail we got them out of jail in 2017.or earlier and so we had to kind of work.on the ladder and look at medium risk.offenders and because there's no one in.our jails who's being held simply for.want of of the ability to pay cash bail.that's that's really really helpful.context thank you so much can you tell.us a little bit more about the key.elements of the agreement the highlights.of the agreement and its intended impact.when you drafted it and some of the.specific things were interested in are.for example how eligible detainees are.being informed of their their rights of.release how their their families are.being informed and also what conditions.they have to meet once they are released.cuz everyone's trying to do social.distancing now so what does that look.like how does supervision look in the.age of kovat under this agreement and.and under what circumstances somebody.wouldn't be released I know before we.got on on the webinar you all mentioned.that there had been different responses.from different county prosecutors.offices so if you could sort of address.all those features and I'll invite any.of you and all of you to jump in as you.see fit you Andrew why don't you jump in.first because the initial burden really.was placed on your office and the.prosecutors to identify the inmates in.the county jails who would be eligible.under the order and then we'll just step.in and tell them where you got it wrong.Andrew exactly exactly so the basic.premise was all individuals who were.serving sentences in the county channels.meaning that they were serving a.sentence of 364 days or less would be.eligible we ended up breaking it up into.two into two pockets two tranches of.inmate just because of the weight of the.order to Show Cause and been drafted but.for the purposes of this discussion I.think it's easier to I'm just treated as.one so basically anyone who is serving a.county jail for 364 days or less would.be eligible and we thought that that was.a.decent the fact that they're serving a.sentence of 364 days or less is a decent.but imperfect proxy for their.dangerousness and these are not people.who have been sent to state prisons and.these are hopes who will be getting out.onto the streets in the next 364 days.anyway a lot of them would be getting.out in the next 1 to 2 months anyway so.we thought that that was sort of like.the right group to be working with um.and basically um so we turned with the.presumption that all those folks would.be released unless the prosecutors.identified individuals who they thought.presented a risk to public safety a.significant risk to public safety so in.order for prosecutors to make those.determinations we had to go to each of.our 21 County prosecutors ask them to.get in contact with the channel identify.everyone who was um in jail serving a.jail sentence that would meet the.criteria and then they would have to.pull the files about each of those.inmates and make a determination about.whether they were going to consent to.the release of the inmate or if they.were going to file an eviction and if.they were gonna file an objection it.would trigger an adjudication so the you.know I should say all of this happened.over the course of the weekend so.basically we have our first mediation.session on Friday we agreed to this.basic framework I think by the end of.the Friday session and we reach out to.the county prosecutors that night and.say we reach out to the county.prosecutors we reach out to the jail.warden so we say I'm get the list of.everyone in the jail.get folks tomorrow morning I have the.more than remotely on their laptops and.just start going through all the inmates.who were in the in the jails and get as.much information as you can and make a.decision about who you're gonna object.to um we also said in a strong message.that you should object sparingly we.should start with the presumption that.these are folks who should get out on in.normal circumstances we would never want.them out um we have real concerns about.putting back on the street but and these.are extraordinary times and we are.really concerned about the public health.risks so you should use your objection.sparingly.and then go through and identify the.folks were a risk and then I think the.way that the timelines were was those.lists were do from the counties to the.AG's office on Monday morning but would.get cobbled hours to eyeball it although.we really sort of had to rely on the.decisions we're making just given the.volume and then the objections.themselves were filed by 5:00 p.m. on.Monday with the idea being that if an.objection was filed and they would not.be released and yet if an objection was.probably would not be released if an.objection was not filed then they would.be released the following morning and so.then the releases began on Tuesday.morning around 6:00 a.m. for the folks.who to whom an objection was lodged then.that was Monday at 5:00 p.m. Tuesday at.5:00 p.m. the prosecutor is right the.public defender's office was responsible.for responding to the objection and then.on Wednesday there were summary.proceedings where judges were assigned.to review the objections and the.responses and then make a decision about.who would stay and so I think the total.numbers over there were about 500.inmates where the county prosecutors.consented to the release or did not.object and then about 300 that they did.object to and then they were the.objections were resolved on Wednesday.and from our point of view we had.knowing this process was in the consent.order we came up with a a temple for the.response to the individual objections.that prosecutors filed just to.facilitate our lawyers you know kind of.filling in the information.individualized information but having a.basic argument as to why in a given case.we were taking the position that the.state had not overcome the presumption.of beliefs that was built into the order.so once once we had working list from.the prosecutors in the attorney.general's office each of our 21 offices.was able to quite quickly spread those.to the lawyer who had represented that.client and then he or she would put.together the.response to the objection and I would.say by noon on Tuesday most of our.offices had done that because some of.them are relatively small and they.weren't that many to respond to and some.of the county prosecutors were terrific.in terms of their there's the spirit in.which they reviewed their lists and in.some cases objected to less than 10 20.even 10% of the people on the list so I.would say probably by midday Tuesday the.majority of these objections and.responses had been joined and and I know.at least a couple judges started.deciding them even on Tuesday afternoon.even though the order itself envisioned.the beginning of that progress process.on Wednesday morning so just a couple.things to add and I'll try and do some.things that are responsive to some of.the questions that I see in the Q&A.there were specific questions about.victim notification about specific.processes in domestic violence cases and.also about folks who are housing.insecure and so let me try and address.those cos all those were addressed.either in our initial consent agreement.or in the supplemental lawyer.prosecutors were told to make victim.notification in every case where there.was a victim in domestic violence cases.in addition to the fact that we had put.that in the order there are some.statutory obligations around victim.notification but I think one thing.that's important to remember is.something that Andrew raised earlier.which is everyone here who was sentenced.was scheduled to be released within a.number of months the truth is in New.Jersey on a 364 day sentence people.rarely serve more than half of it and so.this wasn't a case where victims would.all of a sudden be told hey the person.who assaulted you who is going away for.10 years is actually now coming home.tomorrow in fact the amount of time the.expectation of time shrunk only by a.marginal amount but there's nonetheless.was notification and we also envisioned.that domestic violence cases might be.more prevalent in the prostitute Orioles.prosecutorial objection particularly.when the.and the defendant cohabitated right.given that we were sending people home.to live in their home there was an.awareness that that might not be.feasible in a victim-offender.relationship so certainly it was.something that we we thought through and.contemplated another thing they came up.not till our supplemental order was.talked about but we didn't really.solidify it was what do you do with.people who would be homeless if they.were released from the jail.obviously that's always a problem but.it's particularly cute particularly.acute problem giving the public health.crisis and and what we set up was a.system where jails would inquire of.people being released about whether they.had housing and whether they had.identification that was necessary to.obtain a Medicaid card and if the person.indicated they they didn't have one they.would be diverted what do you mean that.wouldn't get released but they would go.to a conversation with a public defender.a prosecutor the judge and government.representatives from the Department of.Health and Department of Human Services.and nonprofit reentry organizations who.could work on trying to identify housing.for people now to be clear that doesn't.mean it's working perfectly we know that.there is frankly a shortage of good.housing options and so sometimes having.the process is only part of it we need.to have better systems available but.that is how we planned to address those.issues at least thank you that's so.helpful yeah Andrew gave some numbers.and those were what we kind of first saw.as we delved into it over time what we.saw as there were some people on the.initial list that prosecutors put forth.who even ones where they were consenting.the words were part of the water so the.prosecutor was gonna work on their case.on a one-on-one basis where we wound up.was that prosecutors consented in 539.cases under the order and then many many.more not under the order they objected.in 260 cases under the water.and there were others where they would.have objected had it been part of the.order and so 260 cases and judges it.seems like have released around 170 of.those people and detained another 81 of.those people there are some cases that.are still on appeal so those numbers.could Vasiliy in either direction the.bottom line is we think about 700 people.will wind up getting released under this.order maybe a little more maybe a little.less and that's a rate from the kind of.a body of people eligible of something.like 88 or 89 percent of people who.might have been considered were released.one last thing and then I'll shut up for.the time being at least another question.did you consider people in prison people.in pretrial detention because even.though we've reduced our jail population.dramatically on the pre-trial side.there's still thousands of people in our.jails and the answer is this is a.conversation than Joe and I had prior to.the filing with the Chief Justice and.and we made a strategic decision to to.make an ass of Andrew in his office that.we thought they can say yes to and I.think the attorney general's office.knows both the public defender's office.and the ACLU well enough to know that.this isn't the last time we're going to.come to them but we wanted to get.agreement on what we can get agreement.on and then come back to them and to.other stakeholders to figure out how to.get more people out and and that's why.this agreement is limited only to people.who are serving sentences thank you yeah.you're saying not done Alex I think.you've given us quite a lot of.information about the process and and.how it unfolded in its implementation so.I wanted to ask you what lessons you.would want other people to draw.extrapolate from this agreement what I'm.gonna ask each panelist to say what he.thinks the key lesson is for other.states or counties in this that might be.considering this and what you would say.to your counterpart.in other states who work who are.grappling with some of the same public.health and public safety considerations.right now I would say that from my point.of view if I was speaking to all the.public defenders in the country who are.trying to be creative in their thinking.as to how to get their clients out of.the county jails compliance or in.pretrial detention clients who were in.because they can't make bail is that if.you are going to seek to do something.like this you have to identify a class.of low to medium risk defendants because.at the heart of this obviously is.getting people out to protect the safety.of those that are in jail and and.including the guards if there's an.outbreak in a jail but it's gotta be.weighed against the the interest of.system has in public safety so if you.are proposing the release of County Jail.inmates in our case who are medium to.high risk of reoffending spry are.criminal records it's much more.difficult to reach consensus and.understandably so because the.prosecutors and they have an absolute.obligation to protect public safety by.their decision-making and so that I.think is one thing that's really.critical and the other is in my opinion.the the most important provision in this.consent agreement arguably is that it.creates a presumption of beliefs for the.inmates that fall into the eligible.category which which made it I think.easier for judges to look at the.objections and from our point of view.say this prosecutor is making some good.points maybe this guy has two prior.convictions whatever the specifics are.but I don't feel in this case given the.public health risk and the risk of.sickness in jails that they have.overcome the presumption therefore the.defendant is police so those those are.two points that I would make in response.to your question I want to say one thing.that was so critical in this.conversation and I think is an.importance.for everyone in every jurisdiction is no.point was there a debate amongst anyone.on the call that well this isn't really.a problem there is no public health.concern and I think or the one that.really drives me crazy and I did hear.from some people but no one on the call.was part of the mediation is well there.were people are probably safer in jails.anyway that is so plainly be lying by.the consensus among the public health.experts that I was really glad we moved.past that and it's really important.because I I am seeing it as an obstacle.in other jurisdictions but I think you.know I think our friends from Ernie was.asking from from Kentucky how do you do.this with elected elected prosecutors.and elected judges and the answer is.look it gets to just point the judges.and the prosecutors they're going to.talk about public safety and when they.think when we think about public safety.normally we think about preventing.people from getting robbed and raped and.killed and those are all parts of Public.Safety but so too is public health and.so getting people to conceptualize that.public health including the health of.incarcerated people their loved ones and.people who work in prisons and jails.then that is part of Public Safety was.really important to our conversation and.I see we have someone from Argentina.who's asking questions about which.arguments carried the day on public.health was it that it was for the sake.of incarcerated people for the sake of.guards for the sake of everyone over the.sake of not overwhelming our our medical.system in terms of use of the.ventilators and so forth and the answer.is yes it was every single one of those.things we need to we need to address.public health broadly because that.advances public safety right now one.more one more real quick and I know not.all states have the same level of sort.of restrictions on the public and beed.out right here in New Jersey where we'll.have really having a difficult time.fighting the virus and it's spreading.very quickly and thousands of people are.getting sick is there's only a handful.of a.essential businesses that are even.permitted to be open people are being.asked to stay at home and they are I.work in downtown Trenton here I look out.there's not a single person walking the.streets and so what we've already seen.in the last week is a tremendous.reduction in the number of people being.arrested and so part of the argument.that we are fashioned as as public.defenders is that the risk of Public.Safety of releasing certain low and.medium risk offenders is is tremendously.lessen just because of the world in.which we live right now where people are.home and people are not going to work.and people are not socializing and I.think that is part of the argument that.has probably been persuasive to some of.the judges who have overruled objections.to release made by prosecutors.so Andrew can you share with us what.your sort of take homes would be for.this and things that other states and.counties might might borrow even if they.don't have exactly the model and then.I'm gonna start reading into reading to.all of you some of the questions that.are coming through from our participants.well I think it is really helpful that.neither my boss nor any of the county.prosecutors in New Jersey have to stand.for election um this was an incredibly.incredibly difficult thing for folks to.do and we had a lot of really tough.conversations you know I I served as a.federal prosecutor before I came to this.job a lot of the folks my boss was a.federal prosecutor and it does not come.naturally to release a lot of inmates.very quickly.um but I think we recognized the.extremity of the public health health.threat that we're facing right now and.and I think it involves a lot of really.difficult conversations over the weekend.as we try to assess the imbalance the.risks um I remember we had our last.mediation session on Sunday evening and.that was right around the time when I.think the New York Post reported the.outbreak and Rikers where they're now.three dozen inmates at the jail who I.think according Kovac positive and we.realized you know this this.could happen in in our state and if.there is an outbreak and a lot of people.get sick and a lot of people die in the.jail's we need to feel confident that we.did everything we could to limit the.flow and to try to save as many lives as.possible during an extraordinary.movement I think that the most important.takeaway from the government side is to.try to unhappily Splendor folks and to.try to do everything you can to limit.the public safety risks that are that.inevitably arise um and so um we we.engaged with our Department of Human.Services and we have a really great.Human Services Commissioner in New.Jersey who reached out to the county.jails and work with them to make sure.that we had as much support as possible.for folks um I think that if we had not.been under such an extraordinary time.constraint we would have had more time.to identify inmates learn more about.what their specific re-entry issues were.and to try to line up the services that.were needed I think that we were able to.do as much as we could under very very.tight timelines but I think that's.that's a really important piece because.the public is going to have an.expectation that there is something.you're providing to be spokes when they.get out of jail especially if let's.short notice and so I think that's a.really important part of the.conversation yeah I think that social.safety net part of the conversation.which a couple of you have touched on is.so critical so I'm gonna turn I think.this question might possibly be best for.Jo it's from a participant so the.question is there's an obvious.collegiality here what advice do you.have for how to start conversations for.PDS who don't have this informal or.collegial relationship with their.prosecutors and judges we actually.Andrew though I hate them but yeah um.you know I I think I think they're just.you know hopefully in in most places in.the country even even where you know.there's a more adversarial relationship.defenders and prosecutors and so forth I.would like to think and I I'm far from.naive I've been doing this kind of work.for 33 years I'd like to think that.there's just a level of professionalism.that would not preclude a discussion and.and and so here in New Jersey there are.some prosecutors who were much more.resistant to our overtures in terms of.trying to get some people out of them.who didn't need to be in pretrial.detention and so forth but in the end.you know it's the outreach and the.expectation of professionalism that I.think in a time like this with such an.unprecedented public health crisis that.hopefully will carry the day and at.least at least get the ball up you know.roll in and meaningful discussions.initiated maybe it can't happen over a.weekend the way we did it but that to me.doesn't shouldn't discourage anyone from.trying to initiate that type of.discussion and to be clear we're all so.adversarial right I mean we have cases.all the time I mean every day where.Joe's office and Andrews office are.adverse to one another and wearing a lot.of those cases and adverse as well and.so at a certain point there is.nonetheless a common interest in.protecting public health um did you get.any this is another question from my.participant did you get any pushback or.hesitation from the judges.you know we obviously can't speak for.them but one thing that they did in New.Jersey that might not be possible.everywhere is that the Chief Justice.appointed regional judges to to handle.these cases which is to say judges were.not addressing cases from their home.County doing it from other counties.[Music].based on elections and so forth but one.thing that is important is the judges.that were selected experienced criminal.judges there were they the Chief Justice.wasn't asking judges who didn't have ten.year or who were new to the bench to do.this because he understood what he was.asking them to do was was act remarkably.you know in a very unique situation and.so I don't.if we got any pushback from the judges.because it wouldn't have come to any of.the three of us it would have gone to.the administrative office of the courts.or directly to the Chief Justice but the.judges who are processing the objections.filed by prosecutors all seem to handle.the cases both expeditiously and with.the spirit of the agreement in mind I.think the reality is that our chief.justice deserves an enormous amount of.credit you know the mere fact that he.issued this order Friday less than 12.hours after I sent him an email speaks.volumes so I think in in reality the.judiciary got behind this understood its.importance and okay great he tell us a.little bit about monitoring efforts when.people are released what does that look.like and what our probation and parole.officer is being asked to do their work.at this time does this increase their.caseloads immediately and how's that.looking so I think I should probably.start that only because one of the.things that we agreed that I really.agreed as part of the consent order was.that as our as the inmates are leaving.as our clients are leaving the jails.they had to be given certain information.about their responsibilities and it's.for that matter they had to be given.information about what what was.happening why why why are we being.released so we prepared a document that.ultimately we delivered to the to the.wardens and was given to each inmate as.he or she was being released which.basically explained what was happening.which was this is not necessarily.commuting the sentence it was suspending.it at some later point the judge would.decide whether each person would have to.complete the sentence but it also.included some documentation from the.Department of Health and the CDC that.really emphasized the the need for.social distancing recommended that the.released individuals go into quarantine.for 14 days so we tried to give them.information now many many and I wouldn't.I'd be guessing at the percentage.of those individuals are on probation.under our law.these County jail sentences of less than.a year are part of the probation so when.when they get out they are on probation.so they were advised of their obligation.to immediately contact a probation.officer my guess is it's almost all.being done by phone reporting now given.the restrictions on the public here in.New Jersey they had three days 72 hours.to contact their probation officer and.then those that were just serving jail.sentences without any kind of.probationary supervision were directed.to contact the court that sentenced each.of them within 10 days so any further.directions could be given so those are.the basic efforts we made so that people.leaving out knew what their.responsibilities were and got some.advice on what they should or shouldn't.do and we're getting a number of.questions now about how people were.screened for their health screenings.before they were released and in.particular people who had mental health.conditions whether they're being.connected with services as well I guess.19 question you we could envision living.in a world where people were tested.before they were released but those.tests don't exist aren't enough tests to.do that and so instead what jails were.doing was testing people for symptoms so.checking temperature and so forth and.when anyone was presenting with those.symptoms they were in the same way.diverted from the be kind of original.pool to have a conversation about what.release what safe release would look.like for them making sure they had a.place where they could be quarantined.making sure that they knew about access.to health care and so forth but because.of the elevated risk of transmission.within the jail even amongst.asymptomatic people we recommended that.every single person who was released.self isolate for 14 days regardless of.whether they were symptomatic and so.that deals just with the Cova question.on the mental health services question.this is another time where it's just.important to step back and remember that.all.these folks were gonna be getting out of.jail in a couple of months and so.hopefully people who presented.significant mental health challenges.there were already plans set up for.probation to be connecting them to.services and that could just start early.can I guarantee that it happened in.every case I can't and so we had to roll.up because again Joe didn't have folks.at the jail as everyone was leaving to.screen them we had to really rely on the.jails to do a lot of this as we said.many people remain on probation and.they'll be checking in either by phone.or video with their probation officers.and hopefully those probation officers.can make those connections but it is.certainly a limitation in what we could.do and it's simply a question of trying.to address a release of this volume and.recognizing that our jails are.disproportionately populated with people.with mental health struggles and yeah I.have a question related to that which is.whether you all got any pushback or or.applause or agreement or Thanks.or you know disappointment from the.correctional community it's a great.question and the answer is you know we.do a lot of things where the corrections.officers union is not a big fan of our.work we've been adverse to them in a lot.of things this is not one of them they.recognize that for their safety thinning.the jail population is critically.important and so we've had nothing but.support from the wardens and the staff.at the county jails I'll actually.elaborate on that because my managing.attorneys in each of the 21 counties in.other you know inevitably have.relationship with the wardens just in.general on all kinds of issues relative.to visiting hours to providing computers.for discovery.there was a strong alliance between our.lawyers and wardens because many of the.wardens were very concerned about.getting the number of folks that they.were in charge of supervising as low as.possible in the event of the infection.getting into their Jail so we had.tremendous cooperation we have wardens.call in our offices asking us if there.was some kind of motion we could make.because this particular guy why does he.be in jail.why did the judge sends this guy to 30.days in jail during a pandemic that kind.of thing so the people who run the jails.and prisons are very concerned about an.outbreak you know among those that they.are responsible for supervising those.inmates but also for their staffs I mean.let's not let's not minimize the risk to.people working in the jails so I think.that's a key factor as well.I don't know Andrew whether you your.office you know had much interaction in.that sense with the wardens yes so on.Monday as we were gearing up for the.release we did a conference call with.the whole of the 21 county jail wardens.are 18 Oh however many jails there were.in the in the state and sort of walk.them through the process and they um.they were nothing but professional I.mean the conversations were mostly about.the mechanics of it but they understood.what they needed to do they understood.that there would be a lot of people.they'd have to process very quickly.and perhaps infer because they recognize.the benefits to themselves and to their.employees for for getting folks out they.were very accommodating and very willing.to help and they also um at least from.what I've been told.worked really well with the social.service agencies who were put in contact.with the jails to make sure that folks.had a place to go you know one of the.points that I think they both have made.is that in New Jersey right now and.everyone is under a stay at home order.so um in a sense everyone getting out of.the jails is going from being.incarcerated to being under house arrest.um and that um by having a process to.ensure that people had a place to go and.that they had a house where they could.be residing that allowed the jails to at.least do some screening to make sure.that people had a place that was stable.and safe and reliable on their way out.the door just to give an example there.was one county jail they thought that.the process of identifying people who.needed identification was going to be.too onerous so they printed.identification for every person who they.were releasing it was a smaller county.jail obviously not as easy to do in the.bigger ones but I mean we've heard.really great reports by and large from.the jails thank you we're getting a.number of questions asking about what.happens when people get out so you know.what if people are in need of housing I.know you.and there been a concern about people.who didn't seem to have obvious places.to go live and also when they're.released you know are they all being.released to a place that will allow them.to self isolate you mentioned that they.were all asked to basically self isolate.for 14 days when they came out what has.that looked like I mean we go on John.know what I was going to say so we have.we call them systems navigators employed.by the office and a couple investigators.who are trying to do what they can to.assist our clients that are coming out.so that they have a place to live I.think properly so judges had denied.release in a number of cases to our.clients who actually had nowhere to go.and that's really a function of of we.also had a very sad case where a young.man was released whose drug addicted and.he overdosed the same exact night that.he got out and then the following day.the judge revoked the release order you.know primarily for the safety of the.person so so that's part of what's.happened and you know providing services.is we have a reentry corporation in New.Jersey that's run by former governor Jim.McGreevey who was very much taken an.interest in trying to help the folks.that are being released and it's only.been a couple day so I guess we're going.to see the extent to which those.released are able to adjust and make.sure that they are safe and that they're.hopefully not out committing crimes and.getting we arrested and that sort of.thing but we'll see and we have a number.of questions about next steps and we.have questions about whether what's.happening with children in detention.people who are who are under the age of.18 and about whether there is any.thought to compassionate release.recommendations and expanding the net to.others who are not captured by this.extraordinary.order and work that you all did.especially as.crisises is almost certain to go on for.quite some time I'll break the news to.Andrew which I've already kind of used.to mean which is that yes we're not done.and so there are a lot of areas that.need to be addressed but there actually.are a lot we've kind of formalized this.arrangement here there are a lot of.areas that we want to address where they.already have been steps taken that may.be less formal so let me just mention a.couple starting at the very beginning.there's the question of who's getting.arrested right one way to reduce jail.population is to let people out at the.back and the other way is to prevent.people from coming in at the front end.this is a place where we're talking.about this earlier anecdotally it seems.that police departments are doing.exactly what we want them to do in these.situations which is to make arrests when.serious public safety concerns are.implicated to not let people abuse their.partners or commit shootings or things.like that but we haven't been seeing the.same level of low-level offense.enforcement at least for people going.into jails so there's one possibility is.formalizing that arrangement to make.sure that that's happening uniformly.another is on pretrial detention which.as I said Joe's office has been working.heroically identifying people who can.get out either because of vulnerability.or because the public safety.implications in their case are somewhat.diminished then we can talk about kids.and so one on one thing that's been.happening for pretrial detention has.also been working with juvenile.detention and juveniles who are serving.terms of incarceration in our secure.care facilities you can also talk about.people in our prisons we need to be.identifying both people who have shorter.periods left on their prison term who.are going to be getting out soon anyway.to get them out in an expeditious way.and people who are particularly.vulnerable because of age or infirmity.in our prisons so there is a lot more to.be done and that doesn't even mention.incidentally immigration detention where.we have lots of people in and obviously.the stakeholders involved there are.somewhat different but those are all.people who are really susceptible to.horrible outbreaks of this virus and we.need to find ways to work on it.we're gonna be engaging with.stakeholders in the coming days to try.and figure out how to do that so from.our offices point of view we've focused.on our juvenile clients we have juvenile.defenders in each of our 21 County.regional offices and we've had some.success with cooperation from.prosecutors and judges and not only.reducing the number of juveniles in.pretrial detention but also by virtue of.what we call a recall petition.reconsideration of the sentences that.some of the juveniles have that are.locked up but they're nearing the end of.those sentences and Andrew you might.want to comment a little bit because I.the compassionate release and.rehabilitative release business that we.were talking about and still hopefully.going to accomplish through the.Sentencing Commission yeah I mean these.are issues that we were talking about.before the coronavirus hit trying to.expand our state's compassionate release.program it's part of the legislative.proposal that we had hammered out end of.last year which has not yet been enacted.but I think provides a framework for how.you could think about these issues I.think that there's the the legislative.proposals that are out there to reduce.the number of people who are in for.nonviolent drug offenses provides you.know some sort of pathway or some sort.of framework that you could use as a.starting point to think about who are.the lowest risk folks who are in where.it would present the lowest risk to.public safety if if they were to be.released during the time of an.extraordinary political crisis I just.loop back to something there was a.question on the queue and and you.touched on it a little bit when you.talked about low-level offenses and.people not really being arrested for.them has there been any conversation.with police in a coordinated way around.the state about hopes or expectations.for management of in admissions to jails.in prisons Andrew that sounds like your.area yes so the the Attorney General in.New Jersey um in addition to having.oversight of the County prosecutors also.has this very unique Authority where he.can issue directives that are binding on.all 30.six thousand law enforcement officers in.the state I'm not sure of any other.jurisdiction where they dictate but it.creates the opportunity for the Attorney.General distant policing policy for the.state and as the outbreak has evolved.the AG has issued a number of directives.a to law enforcement about how they.should manage this crisis and one of the.things that Hughes directed Lord Ocean.to do is to um exercise their discretion.in charging people and and bringing.folks in for low-level offenses that.they should be focusing on the most.violent and dangerous criminals and that.you know if you have some you know.six-month-old investigation into check.kiting and you're like getting ready to.charge it like maybe you don't need to.charge it this week maybe you could wait.until the outbreak is over and I think.you've seen two things one is um I think.you have cops responding to the Attorney.General's directive and sending fewer.folks into jails for low-level offenses.right now and also because of the.governor's stay at home order I think.there's just fewer people out and about.and we've seen like really striking.declines in crime rates across the state.I think I've heard numbers like 15 to 20.percent in the last couple of weeks.which i think is consistent with what.folks have seen in New York City as well.so I think there's just less people out.and there's less crime and that does.make it a little bit easier and that's.important for everyone in law.enforcement because we want them to be.using their limited resources right now.to be focusing on limiting large.meetings of large groups of people but.ensuring compliance with the governor's.social dissin a distancing executive.orders and then just keeping themselves.safe and not having unnecessary.interactions with the public that could.expose officers to someone who might be.infected so I think we've we've seen.fewer arrests and police say that that's.so important about the exposure between.law enforcement and the public as well.I'm gonna ask you two final questions.one relates to whether someone's.monitoring.sitov ism and if that's going to be.taken into account when figuring out.whether people eventually have to serve.out the rest of their sentences in.custody.- let's start with that one and then.I'll ask you all the final question.before we wrap up so I so the way this I.think we all envision this playing out.is that the sentences have all been.suspended they have not been commuted.down the road it'll be up to individual.judges as to whether to commute the.sentence or require the defendant to.complete the sentence in the county jail.and I I think it's fair to say that that.will largely be a function of what the.track record of that defendant is come.two months three months whenever the.time frame is and so I you know I think.as I mentioned before or only a couple.days into the release so we don't really.have good data but I think it will be.important to monitor it I know from my.point of view if we can show that you.can safely release this significant.number of people without a great deal of.recidivism it it goes perhaps down the.road to arguments about the need to.incarcerate certain low Indian risk and.level offenders thank you and then our.final question is just what you hope.other jurisdictions will learn from this.experience so I'll just start my answer.is quick which is the substance really.matters but so does the speed and so in.many ways the most important concession.that the Attorney General made was that.first one where they say we're three.o'clock not two o'clock three o'clock.because that framed matter which is we.want to get something done we want to.get it done right but we recognize that.if we take a month to do this it's going.to be far too late and so I'll offer up.my assistance if there's anything I can.do to people out there to send documents.or share experiences beyond this I'm.happy to do it I'm sure the same is true.for Joe and Andrew but good luck this is.a crisis and I think it's important that.we respond in with crisis like speed I.would say the most important lesson from.my point of view is the same one that.goes back to when we eliminated our cash.bail system and during the ongoing.negotiations for the Sentencing.Commission is that all the stakeholders.have to be willing to compromise towards.what should be a shared goal which is.protect all the citizens in this country.from the spread of this virus to the.extent possible even those that have.been accused of crimes or committed.crimes you know and I'd say I don't.think we'll ever know how many people's.lives we saved by doing this but I have.no doubt in my mind that some people's.lives will be safe - and I think that we.were able to focus on this because we.were all committed to that like very.basic sense of decency that like we owe.this to people - if we can save their.lives we should do it and I think if you.can keep people focused on that they're.willing to do things that they might not.be willing to do in in ordinary.circumstances thank you all so much I've.learned a tremendous amount from all of.you and I really hope that other justice.stakeholders around the country can can.take these lessons and apply them in.their own jurisdictions Malia thank you.everyone for joining us today we hope.you enjoyed the webinar you will all be.receiving an email with a link to the.recorded version of the webinar as well.as the materials and please I know you.all join me in thanking all of these.panelists not only for the work they've.managed to accomplish since last.Thursday but for sharing that work in.that experience and helping to promote.all of this in other states we.tremendously appreciate you taking the.time to be with us today as the host for.the ABA I have to encourage everyone to.consider joining the ABA because that's.what makes these programs possible and.also to thank all of our co-sponsors in.particular the section the civil rights.and social justice section for making.this happen today so.thank you all we appreciate you and.hopefully you'll join us next week when.we hope to bring you a program on.pretrial release.

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  1. Download the CocoSign app on your iOS device.
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  3. Discover the PDF that needs to be signed on the iPhone or pull it from the cloud.
  4. Discover the place where you want to add the signature; select 'Insert initials' and 'Insert signature'.
  5. Put down your initials or signature, place them correctly, and save changes to the document.

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  3. Discover the place where the signature must be placed and then use the popup window to write your signature.
  4. Insert it on the page, confirm, and save the changes.
  5. The final step is to save the signed document.

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New Jersey Agreement Form FAQs

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How do I fill out the New Zealand visa form?

Hi, Towards the front of your Immigration Form there is a check list. This check list explains the documents you will need to include with your form (i.e. passport documents, proof of funds, medical information etc). With any visa application it’s important to ensure that you attach all the required information or your application may be returned to you. The forms themselves will guide you through the process, but you must ensure you have the correct form for the visa you want to apply for. Given that some visa applications can carry hefty fees it may also be wise to check with an Immigration Adviser or Lawyer as to whether you qualify for that particular visa. The form itself will explain which parts you need to fill out and which parts you don’t. If you don’t understand the form you may wish to get a friend or a family member to explain it to you. There is a part at the back of the form for them to complete saying that they have assisted you in the completion of it. If all else fails you may need to seek advice from a Immigration Adviser or Lawyer. However, I always suggest calling around so you can ensure you get the best deal.

How do I fill out the SS-4 form for a new Delaware C-Corp to get an EIN?

You indicate this is a Delaware C Corp so check corporation and you will file Form 1120. Check that you are starting a new corporation. Date business started is the date you actually started the business. Typically you would look on the paperwork from Delaware and put the date of incorporation. December is the standard closing month for most corporations. Unless you have a significant business reason to pick a different month use Dec. If you plan to pay yourself wages put one. If you don't know put zero. Unless you are fairly sure you will owe payroll taxes the first year check that you will not have payroll or check that your liability will be less than $1,000. Anything else and the IRS will expect you to file quarterly payroll tax returns. Indicate the type of SaaS services you will offer.

Where do I file Form 966?

Sure, for about 3 months, then the IRS will send you a letter, a little later they will send more, then IRS enforcement will show up, you get a free trip all expenses paid and some fines and a court date, thats right folks the IRS will help you get a date, one with a bad attitude and expensive, you may want to have an attorney for that date. Please let us know how it works out if you try it!

Is there a penalty for not filing Form 966?

Hey there. Yes there is a deadline for Filing Form 2290. The Filing for a complete year should be done for July of the respective year to June of the corresponding year. For Example: The filing for this year should be done for July 2016- June 2017. The deadline to File IRS Form 2290 for this year falls on August 31. Even though the filing is initiated at July the deadline is on last day of August. The reason behind this is IRS has framed rules in a manner that the tax of the particular month needs to be paid on the last day of the corresponding year. What Happens if not filed/late filed: The penalty for the ones who are not their HVUT by August 31 needs to pay 4.5% of the tax due on a monthly basis for a period of five months. For the ones who are not making payment for HVUT will face additional penalty of 0.5% of the tax due. Additional interest charges of 0.54% is incurred per month as well. Based on the above information the HVUT liability which is originally $550 would climb up to $700 by the end of five month period. How to file Form 2290? HVUT form can be paid either through e-filing and paper filing. Among these methods e-filing is recommended as it done online and saves lot of your time. You can file your IRS Form 2290 online through an Authorized Agent for e-filing. Gear up now as the deadline is a just a couple of days and be immune from penalties.

Do military members have to pay any fee for leave or fiancee forms?

First off there are no fees for leaves or requests for leave in any branch of the United States military. Second there is no such thing as a fiancée form in the U.S. military. There is however a form for applying for a fiancée visa (K-1 Visa)that is available from the Immigration and Customs Service (Fiancé(e) Visas ) which would be processed by the U.S. State Department at a U.S. Consulate or Embassy overseas. However these fiancée visas are for foreigners wishing to enter the United States for the purpose of marriage and are valid for 90 days. They have nothing to do with the military and are Continue Reading

Is Form 966 required for a merger?

First of all, check your state statutes to see whether the statutory deadline for reversal of dissolution has passed. In North Carolina, for example, you have 120 days following the effective date of dissolution to revoke a notice of dissolution; if your state's deadline is the same you would be coming up on that date pretty soon if you dissolved the company in November. If you are still within your state's statutory guideline for revoking the notice of dissoultion, then you will have to call the IRS to reactivate the EIN, and you will likely have to call your state taxing authority as well. If the deadline for revoking the dissolution of your company has passed, you will have to form a new entity and request a new EIN.

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