Posts Tagged ‘essex’

Profiting off Prisoners

Today’s New York Times has a story about  how one company, an affiliate of Community Education Centers, Inc. (CEC) whose executives have close political ties to Gov. Chris Christie and Essex County executive Joseph N. DiVincenzo Jr., was the sole bidder on a contract to run a 450-bed immigration detention center in Essex County likely to be worth $8 million to $10 million annually.

As it happens CEC, which runs a rehabilitation center called Delaney Hall, has a history in Union County and yesterday they were also granted a contract there worth up $2.5 million.  Here is the story in timeline and video form:

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The Politics behind one NJ budget cut

Among the cuts Governor Christie made in the newly adopted state budget was $3 million from “Union County Inmate Rehabilitation services” (listed here under Department of Corrections). Apparently the original budget allocated a $2.5 million increase from last year, the legislature bumped it up to $5.5 million, and Christie wouldn’t go for it. After you get past the bromides there is a real lesson in politics behind this cut and I still have more to learn.

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