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Ocean County Jail to Receive $5M in Upgrades

Upgrades will improve security, bring the 1962 jail up to current codes

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The Ocean County Jail is due to receive up to $5 million in upgrades, county officials say.

The Ocean County Freeholders approved a $5,030,000 bond measure this week which will fund several projects at what is known as the "1962 Jail," which refers to the jail built that year after a fire swept through the original jail in 1959.

The 1962 jail was last upgraded in 1988. Since then, several facets of the lockup are out of code, said Michael Fiure, Director of Management and Budget for the county.

Work will include increasing the number of cells and spreading a total of 108 cells across two floors, Fiure said. Also included in the renovation plan are improved security enhancements, improvements to the booking area and upgrades to the elevators and stairwells so they meet current state codes.

"When they [built] the new jail, we knew the ’62 jail would have to be fixed up again," said Fiure.

A $55 million addition to the 1962 jail opened its doors to inmates in 2011.

The jail is currently licensed for 680 beds. According to county statistics, the jail houses about 550 inmates on a daily basis.
Dbowler June 07, 2014 at 09:55 AM
monies sry my bad
Renee June 07, 2014 at 08:12 PM
They make it sound so welcoming "the jail opened its doors to inmates in 2011" lol
Mike L June 07, 2014 at 08:38 PM
Why wasn't this monies in the budget. Why pass a 5 million plus overrides passed on to the future residents, if there are any. Remember Gov Christy overestimated future income to the State, maybe the County is doing the same. If we really need this work to be done than the County should not spend over 2 million for Camp Albocondo and use this monies to its repair. But didn't our leaders state that crime is down?
Brandy the Dog June 07, 2014 at 10:13 PM
Crime is a relevant term
Mrgrumpass June 20, 2014 at 09:48 AM
The cement isn't dry what up grades?

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