Hudson County jail population dropping under bail reform
on March 07, 2017 at 3:00 PM, updated March 07, 2017 at 3:01 PM
JERSEY CITY -- The population at the Hudson County jail has dropped by 20 percent since implementation of the Bail Reform and Speedy Trial Act on Jan. 1, with its presumption that nearly all defendants are to be released without monetary bails pending trial.
On Dec. 31 there were 1,583 inmates at the jail in Kearny and by Feb. 28 the population had dropped to 1,270, Hudson County spokesman James Kennelly said, adding that the numbers include some Immigration and Customs Enforcement detainees housed there.
"It's hoped the drop in the population at the jail will reduce overtime costs there," Hudson County Freeholder Bill O'Dea said.