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Sheriff’s Concerns Validated as One of Governor’s Released Prisoners Is Quickly Rearrested

Monmouth County (New Jersey) Sheriff Shaun Golden publicly expressed outrage that Governor Murphy was allowing – and even forcing – prisoners that showed symptoms of COVID-19, onto local streets.

“This is an exploitation of a policy that certainly was pushed with an agenda.” Stated Golden in a television interview with Fox News. “None of the other jails were consulted before this went to the ‘show cause’ order. In one case we had a release on Tuesday, he was arrested for shoplifting and theft on Wednesday – so this is what’s happening here. It’s certainly a drain on our public safety resources.”

The prisoner release plan has been controversial since it went into place. Nearly a thousand men and women who were sentenced to jail were eligible to be released to New Jersey streets. The reason cited is the virulent nature of Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) in New Jersey prisons. A consent order signed by Justice Rabner last week is what allowed the State of New Jersey to initiate a process to release prisoners. Some of the details…

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