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Low jail population and a facility in need of upgrades has Sussex County administrators in talks to move most jail inmates to the Morris County Jail. According to the New Jersey Herald, the Keogh-Dwyer Correctional Facility has seen a big decrease in inmates due to New Jersey's bail reform with an average daily jail population dropping from 126 in 2016 to 80 in December of 2018.
One-quarter of the inmate population is reportedly made up of those serving sentences while the rest are there because they couldn't make bail or they're being held on warrants from other jurisdictions. Sussex County Sheriff Michael Strada told the New Jersey Herald that the jail, built in 1978, "requires millions of dollars in taxpayer funding to keep the facility compliant to hold inmates."
"As the sheriff, I have a sworn duty and legal obligation to the taxpayers to start these discussions. It would be fiscally, legally and socially irresponsible for an elected official to ignore when an antiquated public facility is exposing our residents to an unnecessary financial burden and legal liability."
Read the full NJHerald.com story here.