freed inmates wandering salem county roads concern residents, officials say

by:YEROO     2019-10-03
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The intersection of Interstate JpgThe 45 and the Cemetery Road in the town of Pilesgrove, where prisoners were released from the red brick building Salem County Correctional Facility seen from a distance, were told to wait for the New Jersey bus. (Bill Gallo Jr. | For NJ. com)MANNINGTON TWP. --
When prisoners are released from the Salem County correctional facility, they have two options: Ask a friend or relative to pick them up or take a bus.
But some people choose a third choice. -
Wander along Interstate 45 and try to get a ride, or ask someone who lives on the road to get a ride, or sue their phone for calling.
Since the signing of an agreement between Salem County and Gloucester County to accommodate some prisoners, this is a growing problem and a problem that local officials want to find a solution.
\"We are part of this community and we want to be a good neighbor, which will definitely lead to some unforeseen problems and the ones we want to solve, the prison chief of the Salem County Correctional Facility, Ray skarzinski, said.
He said that the prisoner walking on the road near the prison was an accidental problem because the facility was open on the cemetery road in his 1990 s, but since prisoners in Gloucester County began to be held in the summer of 2013, this has become a bigger problem.
The prison is located in a rural area of the county, mainly surrounded by farmland.
Although there are two back doors near the prison, the main highway in the area is Highway 45.
Skradzinski contacted the transportation department of the State Council to seek help in resolving the problem, asking for more convenient bus services for those who leave the prison.
The state did move the official bus stop from the end of County Road and line 45 to the end of Cemetery Road and line 45, nearly half a mile from the prison, but Skradzinski thinks more needs to be done.
He asked to change the New Jersey bus route to include a prison Station about half a mile from Highway 45, but the state said it was not an option because there was no place for buses to turn in prison, because the extra station will make the bus route too long. \" . . .
The department informed the warden of Skradzinski that401 Salem-
The Philadelphia bus route, which directly serves the Salem County corrective facility, will increase travel time and will require the addition of another bus in operation, or adding the bus route has been a long two hours \"according to Kevin Israel, spokesman for the New Jersey Department of Transport.
Israel said the department recommended Skradzinski to work with Salem County to obtain a shuttle service to transport released prisoners to the bus stop.
Skradzinski kept saying at the prison gate that the next best solution would be to have a bus shelter at the intersection of Highway 45 and Cemetery Road, where, those who are released and are not familiar with the area will have a designated
Skradzinski also said the sanctuary will provide protection in bad weather for those waiting for the bus to arrive.
The state Senate president, Stephen Sweeney, was involved in a letter from the senator to the NJDOP commissioner, Jaime Fox, he said he was \"very concerned that Transist in New Jersey chose not to take the necessary steps to provide a much needed bus stop to serve the Salem County Correctional Facility.
No one who was released sent them home, families traveling by bus will visit the current prisoners, and the surrounding community should solve the most important traffic problems.
\"I hope to review and re-examine again
In a letter dated June 16, Sweny said: \"An assessment of the concerns of the warden of skaratzinski . \".
Skradzinski said he and Deputy Sheriff Anthony Wright met with neighbors on Route 45 on the issue of the release of prisoners.
\"We tell them what we want to do,\" Skradzinski said . \".
\"But we can\'t do it alone.
The warden said: \"All the prisoners who have been released from prison who have not picked them up have bus passes.
If someone is released on bail after the bus stops running, they will be locked up in jail for the night.
Skradzinski said the people who were released were specifically informed that they would not interact with the local residents and would not ask for a ride.
However, many people with bus passes did not use them, but walked along Highway 45, mainly north towards Woodtown, passing through several convenience stores and a more populous area.
Privately, residents living on the road said they were afraid of those who had just released their bail from the prison at home.
About 445 prisoners can be held in prison.
Some 390 people are currently in prison there, of which about 200 are from Gloucester County.
On average, 20 people are released on bail every day. -
About half the way to Gloucester.
Skradzinski said there was reportedly no serious incident between the person leaving the prison and the residents, but wanted to ensure that it did not happen.
He believes that the idea of building a bus shelter where Cemetery Road meets Highway 45 will be the best solution at the moment.
It is not clear whether the state will continue and build one when it stops. Bill Gallo Jr.
It is possible to reach bgallo @ njadvancemedia. com.
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