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Thu Apr 25, 2019, 04:28 AM

Union County Senator Says He'd Take Youth Jail Newark Doesn't Want

NEWARK, NJ - The new secure youth residential facility that Newark does not want was originally slated for Woodbridge, and now a state Senator from Union County says he’ll take it.

State Sen. Nicholas Scutari (D-Union County) said Gov. Phil Murphy’s administration is more than welcome to lease or buy the Union County Juvenile Detention Center in Linden. The jail was shuttered last year and the remaining youth offenders were moved to the Essex County Juvenile Detention Center in Newark.

“It’s either going to sit empty or produce revenue,” Scutari said of the shuttered facility in Linden.

The governor’s office released a statement last week announcing a new secure youth residential center somewhere in North Jersey. The plan comes as the state is looking to closing the outdated Jamesburg youth jail in Monroe and move towards more regional centers that provide treatment and community space for young offenders.

Read more: https://www.tapinto.net/towns/montclair/articles/union-county-senator-says-he-d-take-youth-jail-newark-doesn-t-want-3

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