Criminals in New Jersey may have to pay more after being convicted in order to create a funding source to be used for upgrades to school security in the state.

A measure (A-3189) sponsored by Assemblyman Joe Lagana would create a new $10 fine to be paid by criminals on every crime for which they’ve been convicted. The money would go into a “School Safety and Security Fund” that would be administered by the NJ Department of Education.

Schools could then petition the Department for funds to pay for things like surveillance cameras or panic buttons. 

The bill states that DOE commissioner could accept, alter or reject any funding request application based on certain criteria. Money would be doled out periodically throughout the year based on a to-be-determined schedule.