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Bergen County Jail Detention Center Is 50 Percent Over Capacity

Immigration and Customs Enforcement documents show the New Jersey jail is over capacity as coronavirus spreads.

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U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement said in a recent report that its detention center at the Bergen County Jail in New Jersey is about 50 percent over capacity. The report raises further concerns as coronavirus continues to spread within the facility. According to ICE’s document, the facility was 71 percent over capacity in November and 41 percent over capacity last month. These statistics support detainees’ claims that they’re unable to isolate and take other virus-fighting precautions. A spokesperson for the Bergen County sheriff denied the ICE report, saying the ICE dorms are actually below capacity. WNYC 

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