NEWARK, N.J. — Widespread problems exist at many privately run halfway houses in New Jersey where there is little oversight and drugs, gangs and violence is rampant, an extensive investigation reveals.
A 10-month, three-part investigation by The New York Times found the main company in charge of the facilities has ties to Governor Chris Christie, and received $71 million from state and county agencies in fiscal year 2011. About $105 million was spent in total.
About 40 percent of the state’s prison inmate and parole population – roughly 10,000 – go through the halfway house system, the Times reported.
The paper found that since 2005, there are been 5,100 inmates who have escaped from halfway houses – and at least 1,300 of those since Christie has been in office.