Bergen County ends ICE contract with county jail

Bergen County will enter a new contract with the U.S. Marshals Service

As of Wednesday night, the state of New Jersey is officially out of the business of housing detained immigrants at county jails. In a unanimous vote, the Bergen County Board of Commissioners ended its controversial agreement with Immigration and Customs Enforcement, the last contract of its type in the state.

Over the years, the county jail in Hackensack housed hundreds of federal immigrant detainees, bringing in millions of dollars from ICE and drawing intense protests by immigration advocates who condemned conditions at the facility. Instead, Bergen County will enter a new contract with the U.S. Marshals Service.

Here to explain the change is Matt Katz, criminal justice and immigration reporter for WNYC and NPR.

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