The Casino Control Commission's vision—to be a key partner and catalyst in promoting the general welfare, health, and prosperity of Atlantic City, the Greater Atlantic City Region, and the State of New Jersey—calls it to be engaged in the South Jersey region bringing awareness to potential employment opportunities in the casino industry for former offenders as well as the benefits available to employers who hire the rehabilitated.
The Commission's efforts have been bolstered by recent legislation that makes it possible for offenders who were convicted of certain drug offenses and successfully completed drug court to obtain casino employment. As required by the new law, the Commission coordinates with government partners and non-profit reentry organizations to provide formerly incarcerated individuals with information about their recently gained key license eligibility. The casino gaming industry has a notable history of mentoring employees from entry level to key positions. By opening the door to advancement in the industry, the legislation has the potential to be a real game changer for people in giving them a second chance.
Persons in need of employment assistance who have been recently released from incarceration, were previously incarcerated, or have an arrest or misdemeanor conviction, should be sure to visit New Jersey's Ex-offender Services page.
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The Commission partners with public sector agencies and groups to promote various benefits available to employers who hire individuals exiting the criminal justice system. Event partners have included:
- N.J. Department of Community Affairs - Atlantic City Initiatives Office
- N.J. Department of Corrections
- N.J. Department of Labor and Workforce Development
- N.J. Division of Gaming Enforcement
- N.J. Judiciary
- N.J. State Parole Board
- Atlantic County Reentry Task Force
- Education & Health Centers of America Incarcerated Veterans Initiative
- Greater Atlantic City Chamber
- Ocean County Reentry Task Force
- South Jersey Community Reentry Coalition
- Stockton University
- UNITE HERE Local 54 Training & Education Trust Fund
- U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs
The Commission partners with non-profit reentry organizations to provide formerly incarcerated individuals with information about potential employment in the casino industry. Event partners have included:
- New Jersey State Library - Fresh Start @ Your Library
- Atlantic City Free Public Library
- Cumberland County Library
- New Jersey Reentry Corporation
- Volunteers of America Delaware Valley
- Mt. Zion Baptist Church of Pleasantville Expungement Seminars
- PathStone AC - Community Safe Surrender Events
- Second Chance Career & Resource Expo - Atlantic City
Casino Key Employee License eligibility
Legislation enacted by Governor Murphy on January 21, 2020 provides the Commission with discretion to issue Casino Key Employee Licenses to persons formerly convicted of certain offenses provided certain conditions are met. P.L. 2019, c.511.
Offenses must be related to a controlled dangerous substance, an imitation controlled dangerous substance, or a controlled dangerous substance analog.
Persons formerly convicted of a related offense must have either:
- been sentenced to, and successfully discharged from, a term of special probation (commonly known as "drug court") as provided under N.J.S. 2C:35-14; or
- been convicted of a third or fourth degree related offense and successfully completed a licensed drug treatment program within the Department of Corrections and completed serving the sentence imposed for that crime, including any term of parole supervision.
To get started, download the Guide to Reentry Employment in the Casino Industry and assemble the required documents. Commission staff will review the documents with you for completeness before you file an application for a key license.
For more information or assistance, please contact the Commission's Licensing & Financial Evaluation Unit by email or call 609-441-3610.