The state has been involved in a series of legal disputes with Hudson County over payments made by the state to reimburse the county for housing state prisoners. Governor Christie Whitman said those disputes were totally unrelated to the Jan. 19 action, and that Hudson County would reimburse the state for its costs in the jail lockdown. PLN thinks the seizure may have been intended as a dramatic reminder, however, that the state has more "hired guns" than the county. Nothing like a display of force to settle a financial dispute, eh?
Source: Corrections Digest
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