BRIDGETON – The first batch of prisoners from Gloucester County’s soon-to-be closed jail in Woodbury are now living at the Cumberland County jail here.

Cumberland County officials said today that 73 prisoners were transferred into the jail during the weekend.

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Another 25 prisoners from Gloucester County are scheduled to be transferred into the facility later this week, they said.

The move is part of a contract agreement between both counties that would provide Cumberland County and additional $3 million in revenue annually. Cumberland County expects to realize $1.7 million from the deal this year.

The transfer occurred despite a legal attempt by the state Office of the Public Defender to stop the plan. The office, which has filed a lawsuit against Cumberland and Gloucester counties and other counties involved in the plan, alleges the deal will make it more difficult for public defenders to represent their clients.


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