Prison Parity Funding for Maurice River Twsp, Cumberland Cty., NJ
SUPPORTS NJ SENATE BILL 929 AND ASSEMBLY BIL 2061 SPONSORED BY SENATOR JEFF VAN DREW AND ASSEMBLYMEN NELSON ALBANO AND MATT MILAM WHICH WOULD PROVIDE PARITY FUNDING TO MAURICE RIVER TOWNSHIP FOR HOSTING BAYSIDE STATE PRISON AND SOUTHERN STATE CORRECTIONAL FACILITY.
For several years, ending in the mid-1990's, Maurice River Township received a mere $72,000 per year in PILOT funding for hosting two of the largest prisons in New Jersey, namely, Southern State Correctional Facility and Bayside State Prison. Based on the per capita residency of inmates, this equated to around $13.00 per inmate. Then, with the introduction of COMPTRA funding, specific earmarks for PILOT funding for host communities went away and
By comparison, the City of
It should also be noted that Bayside and Southern State sit atop 1,600 acres of prime land which for any other purpose would be used to support ratables such as housing and industry.
Also, whenever a fire erupts at the prisons, it is the firefighters and equipment of
It is obvious that the state has taken a free ride on the backs of the residents of