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A spokesperson for the New Jersey United States Attorney’s Office did not comment.

Leaders of the union that represents Essex County Jail supervisors said administrators and county officials had ignored repeated warnings that the facility was becoming increasingly violent.

Paramedics or emergency medical technicians were called to the prison 169 times between January and June to treat officers or inmates, up from 99 times during the same period last year, according to documents released by the union, the Fraternal Order of Police, Lodge 106..

Violence and quits have also increased in state prisons, according to William Sullivan, president of a separate union that represents 6,000 New Jersey correctional officers, the Police Benevolent Association, Local 105. About 450 officers quit each year , Sullivan said, and the pipeline for training new guards has slowed down considerably.

“You see a lot more people leaving earlier,” he said.

Essex County Jail, a low-rise, green-sided facility, is in an industrial area of ​​Newark. After years of activist protests, county leaders decided this spring to no longer hold undocumented migrants awaiting prison hearings, ending a lucrative multi-year contract with US Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

The dungeon has held an average of 2,199 inmates each month over the past year, about 240 people below the facility’s legal capacity, county officials said.

Most of those held in New Jersey jails are awaiting trial and are presumed innocent, or have been sentenced to terms of less than a year. The facilities are run by county administrators, and some have closed as the number of inmates declined after New Jersey effectively eliminated its cash bond system, allowing most people to wait until their day in. court at home, not in jail.

As part of a cost-cutting initiative, Union County – where Mr Boyd lives and where he has been accused of two altercations involving members of his family – has been paying Essex County to detain its inmates since July. (The Union County jail population has fallen 67% in 10 years, according to the county, and it hopes to save $ 103 million over five years by shutting down most of its prison operations.)

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