NJ ordered to find new home for sexual predators

May 18, 2009 10:21:22 AM PDT
New Jersey will have to find a new place to house sexually violent predators currently being held in Hudson County. An appeals court has given the state Corrections Department a year to move the offenders from the county correctional facility in Kearny, where they've been held for several years on a temporary basis.

The dispute between the county and state dates back to an executive order issued by former Gov. Christie Whitman in 2000.

Whitman ordered more than 100 offenders classified as sexually violent predators to be housed at Kearny while the state sought a permanent home.

But efforts to relocate the offenders have been defeated by strong local opposition.

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