A recent in-depth report by the New York Times shines a bright light on the ineffectiveness of New Jersey’s solution to the budget-strapped and overcrowded prison system, halfway houses.
“At the heart of the system is a company with deep connections to politicians of both parties, most notably Gov. Chris Christie,” said New York Times reporter, Sam Dolnick.
While some hail New Jersey’s halfway house solution as an “innovative example of privatization,” the reality is that these structures have mutated into a “shadow corrections network where drugs, gang activity, and violence including sexual assaults, often go unchecked.”
The most unfortunate trend of this new correctional system is the ease with which inmates can escape. According to an analysis done by the New York Times, almost 5,100 inmates have escaped from New Jersey’s privately run halfway houses since 2005.
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