Essex County to end ICE detention contract, strikes new deal to house Union County inmates

The housing of immigrant detainees in New Jersey has been a flashpoint for advocates across the state, who have been protesting for years to end lucrative contracts between county jails and the Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency.

This week, Essex County officials announced the county will end a controversial relationship with ICE that has brought in millions in revenue for more than a decade in exchange for holding those detainees at the Essex County Correctional Facility in Newark. Instead, Essex County struck a deal to take inmates from Union County. It remains unclear what the decision will mean for immigrants currently detained.

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