Don't trust Essex County to fix its ICE jail. It never has before, human rights advocates say
(Opinion in NJ.com)
No one can say that Essex County Executive Joe DiVincenzo isn't proud of his cages, whether they’re for the animals at the Turtleback Zoo or for people at the Essex County Correctional Facility.
Now, as DiVincenzo is starting a full court press to build an amphitheater with an aquatic tank for live animal performances at the zoo -- bringing to mind thoughts of SeaWorld or Barnum and Bailey’s -- another image, one of slimy lunch meat, moldy bread pudding and leaking ceilings is seared into the memories of immigrant rights advocates, all described in a report by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) in February after an inspection of the jail. But DiVincenzo is sticking by the jail that he helped complete when he was first elected.