Thursday, August 16, 2018

"Democratic officials in North Jersey have long relied on a little noticed source of revenue to keep taxes under control and public workers employed: jailing immigrants"

WNYC:

The $120 daily fee for each detained immigrant translates into enough revenue to save county taxpayers more than $11 million, officials said. If the contract was scrapped, they said about 100 corrections officers at the jail would lose their jobs.

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Trump's expanded approach to immigration enforcement is coinciding with another seismic change in local criminal justice operations in New Jersey: bail reform, including a law signed by former Gov. Chris Christie diverting low-level drug offenders away from jail and into treatment. Bail reform has resulted in a dramatic drop in inmates throughout the state. The pre-trial jail population plummeted 24 percent between January 2017, when the state's law went into effect, and April 2018, according to the ACLU of New Jersey.