Magazine article Corrections Forum

Hard Time-Jails Trying to Cope

Magazine article Corrections Forum

Hard Time-Jails Trying to Cope

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Brunswick News

Overcrowding, more women inmates, fewer facilities for mentally ill criminals, and an aging jail population all contribute to a growing strain on Glynn and Camden county jails in NJ. Longtime Glynn County Sheriff Wayne Bennett led technology deployments such as photo identification wrist bracelets and electronic fingerprinting when the current county jail was built in 1996, but now he says a burgeoning inmate population means a need for greater capacity. The U.S. Department of Justice says the national jail population increased approximately 2 percent in 2003, but Glynn County has seen greater than 7 percent increases each year, says Bennett. The Glynn County Detention Center now holds 175 inmates compared to the 125 spaces provided and, as in nearby Camden County, has to provide cots for inmates to sleep on. …

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