Ocean County Freeholders Earmark $50 Million for Jail Expansion


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TOMS RIVER-It was a project that was long opposed by the late Freeholder John Bartlett, but the Ocean County Jail is growing again.  In 2011, the county approved a $64 million dollar maximum-security expansion.  In 2016, a $5 million upgrade was made to the old section of the jail.  Now, Freeholders are approving $50 million for a courtroom expansion to be built on top of the existing juror parking lot.

This week, the board approved a $5 million down payment to pay for the design and planning of the project.

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The freeholders cited security at the county court system’s satellite facilities and staffing by the Sheriff’s Department officers.


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Judge Marlene Lynch Ford claimed she was accosted by “angry litigants” after court cases.

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