The fate of Passaic County’s jail is hanging in the balance. A formal committee, put together last month, is assessing whether to shut down the 60-year-old prison with a troubled past. Its closure would join the list of several other county correctional facilities that now send their inmates to nearby jails. And it will potentially enable those county officials to end controversial contracts with ICE to house immigrant detainees.
With a dwindling population and a controversial past, county leaders are now debating whether to rebuild the jail or pay to send their inmates to another county.