Court declines to halt Glouco jail closure

Posted: June 14, 2013

TRENTON New Jersey Superior Court's appellate division declined Thursday to order a temporary halt to the closure of the Gloucester County jail, scheduled for July 1.

The decision came in response to a May 9 lawsuit filed by New Jersey's public defenders who said that closing the jail and moving inmates to Burlington, Salem, Cumberland, and Essex counties would make it more difficult for them to visit and effectively represent their clients. The jail, in Woodbury, typically houses 200 to 270 inmates, with the majority awaiting trial or pretrial hearings.

On June 10, the defenders sought a temporary halt to the process, but Superior Court Judge Ronald Bookbinder denied their request, prompting the appeal. However he also denied a request by Gloucester County Board of Chosen Freeholders to throw out the defenders' lawsuit, setting a trial date for July.

- Jane M. Von Bergen

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