NJ county plans $23M jail expansion

157,000-s.f. of additions and renovations planned


"An expansion of the facility is needed to meet the current and future needs of the Ocean County Jail population," Kelly said.

"Because of the growing numbers we cannot separate inmates which creates security and safety problems in particular for our corrections officers. "The expansion will address all those concerns and will result in a safer facility for our officers and the public at large," Kelly said. The expansion is designed to meet the needs of the county's inmate housing requirements until 2025 and all inmate areas would continue to be within a maximum-security perimeter.

With the alterations, support functions that already exist including intake areas, laundry facilities and the medical unit will be improved.

The county last year awarded a contract to Fletcher Thompson Architecture Engineering, LLC of East Brunswick to proceed with the design and permit approval phase of the project.

The design and permit approval phase is expected to take about 12 months to complete while the actual construction will take about 30 months. The entire project including the bidding and award of the work is expected to take about 45 months to complete. increasing admissions at the Ocean County Jail and increased average lengtii of stay has created a higher average daily population at the jail according to the study done by Carter Goble Associates, Inc. The current average population at the facility routinely exceeds more than 500 inmates while the jail was built to hold 280.

"An expansion of the facility is needed to meet the current and future needs of the Ocean County Jail population," Kelly said.

"Because of the growing numbers we cannot separate inmates which creates security and safety problems in particular for our corrections officers. "The expansion will address all those concerns and will result in a safer facility for our officers and the public at large," Kelly said. The expansion is designed to meet the needs of the county's inmate housing requirements until 2025 and all inmate areas would continue to be within a maximum-security perimeter.

With the alterations, support functions that already exist including intake areas, laundry facilities and the medical unit will be improved.

The county last year awarded a contract to Fletcher Thompson Architecture Engineering, LLC of East Brunswick to proceed with the design and permit approval phase of the project.

The design and permit approval phase is expected to take about 12 months to complete while the actual construction will take about 30 months. The entire project including the bidding and award of the work is expected to take about 45 months to complete.