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Posted on: June 27, 2016

Passaic County Officials Renew Shared Services Agreement With Essex County For Juvenile Detention Se

(Passaic County, NJ) – The Passaic County Board of Chosen Freeholders voted to renew a shared services agreement with Essex County Juvenile Detention Center. The original agreement was struck in 2009, as a way for both counties to save funds without reducing services.

According to Passaic County Administrator Anthony DeNova, the consolidation of the Passaic County JDC with Essex County has benefited juvenile offenders, who are detained in a state-of-the-art facility and have expanded opportunities for alternatives to detention through the county’s participation in the Juvenile Justice Commission’s Juvenile Detention Alternative Initiative (JDAI).
“Since 2009 we have saved Passaic County over $70 million with this shared service agreement.” said Freeholder Director TJ Best. “But more than that, we have worked with Essex County to rehabilitate our adjudicated youth, and we have dramatically reduced the number of juveniles in the detention center.”

Passaic County participates in New Jersey’s JDAI program. The 2006 JDAI Annual Data Report shows an average decrease of 43% of youth in detention centers than in 2003, across all JDAI sites (www.state.nj.us/lps/jjc/pdf/jdai_2006_annual_report.pdf).

The shared service agreement with Essex continues to save Passaic County approximately $10 million every year. The agreement has also been modified since 2009, which originally required Passaic County to pay for a minimum number of 60 beds regardless of how many youthful offenders from Passaic County were being housed at the Essex County facility. This new agreement will eliminate that minimum guarantee.

“By renewing this agreement, Passaic County will continue to provide county taxpayers with significant savings while not reducing services,” added Freeholder Pat Lepore, who is also the Chair of the Budget Committee.


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