We previously outlined the planned elimination of the Warren County Juvenile Detention Center as a budget measure by the County. The Freeholders had determined that it would be more cost effective to house youthful offenders at the Morris County center. A similar proposal is now being considered by the Monmouth County Board of Freeholders.
The Monmouth County Sheriff, Kim Guadagnino, is scheduled to present a study concerning closing the Juvenile Detention Center and transferring offenders to Middlesex County. The move has been a matter of considerable debate and one of the newly elected Freeholders was vocal in support of the measure. Sheriff Guadagnino will be presenting a detailed report outlining the pros and cons of consolidation and the Freeholders will have to make the call on whether the jail shall be closed. Monmouth County currently spends approximately $5.5 million annually to operate its Juvenile Detention Center.
From the perspective of a NJ defense attorney, the consolidation is unfavorable. Aside from the logistical complications, the creation of a mini-Jamesburg is nothing to revel about.