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Lawsuit Claims Halfway House Operating Illegally

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The union representing correction officers in New Jersey has filed a lawsuit that seeks to end a contract between Essex County and a private company that operates halfway houses.

The lawsuit alleges that Delaney Hall, a Newark facility operated by Education Health Centers of America, is jeopardizing public safety. It also questions the nonprofit status of the firm, which has a sub-contracting arrangement with the for-profit Community Education Centers.

The lawsuit was filed Monday by the State Policemen's Benevolent Association. It also alleges that Essex County moves inmates to a lower-security facility run by EHCA in order to use its county jail space for a more lucrative federal detainee contract.

After-hours messages left for EHCA and CEC officials on Tuesday night were not returned.

The suit comes on the heels of a months-long investigation of halfway houses in the state by the New York Times that found abuses were rampant.