Judge Barnett E. Hoffman - Bio

Judge Barnett E. Hoffman is the founder of the Middlesex County Adult Substance Abuse Program (ASAP). Hoffman is a retired New Jersey Superior Court judge who served on the Middlesex County bench from 1981-2002.  At the time of his retirement, he was the Presiding Criminal judge. 

While on the bench, Judge Hoffman consistently heard the pleas from people he sentenced asking to receive substance abuse treatment as part of their sentence.
 
Hoffman realized that there was a strong need for drug and alcohol treatment within the criminal justice system. With the help of Ed Mann, MSW, of UMDNJ-UBHC (now Rutgers), the Middlesex County Freeholders, the Warden of the Middlesex County Correction Center, and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, ASAP was born and became operational on October 1, 2002. Hoffman continues as the President of Friends of ASAP, the policy making and funding arm of the program.
 
Judge Hoffman is very proud of the ASAP program which has been extremely successful. ASAP has over 800 graduates and a recidivism rate much better than the national average. It became the very first licensed Drug and Alcohol program in the entire New Jersey Penal System.
 
Judge Hoffman is a graduate of Rutgers College and Rutgers Law School. He was admitted to the New Jersey and Federal Bars in 1965. Hoffman was in the United States Army from 1966-1968, and was discharged with the rank of Captain. He was the First Assistant Prosecutor in Middlesex County from 1978 until he became a judge.
 
While on the bench, he presided over 375 serious criminal trials including 11 death penalty cases and approximately 100 serious sex crimes cases, and became an expert in that field.
 
He was appointed by Governor James McGreevey to the New Jersey Commission to review Criminal Sentencing, and was elected Chair by the members. The Commission developed many recommendations to reform the then existing drug laws.
 
Presently, Barnett Hoffman is of Counsel to the law firm of Lomurro, Munson, Comer, Brown and Schottland in Freehold.