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The Sussex County Sheriff’s Office offers two programs to certain non-violent offenders sentenced to a term of imprisonment. Both programs have been highly successful and are explained in the next sections.
Sheriff’s Work Assistance Program (SWAP)
SWAP is available to sentenced inmates who are a minimum security risk. Under the supervision of sheriff’s officers, these inmates work outside of the correctional facility during the day, performing a wide range of manual labor for local nonprofit organizations and government agencies throughout Sussex County.
Sheriff’s Labor Assistance Program (SLAP)
SLAP provides a safe alternative to incarceration for individuals sentenced for non-violent offenses. It was developed to help ease overcrowding of the correctional facility on weekends. In lieu of serving time in jail, SLAP program participants do work similar to that of SWAP participants on Saturdays, Sundays, Mondays and Tuesdays.
In 2013, the sentencing of offenders to SLAP diverted 148 additional inmates from spending a combined total of 3,554 days in the correctional facility. Based upon a cost of $121 per day to house an inmate, this translates into a savings of $430,035 for the county in 2013. But wait, there’s more…mandatory processing fees paid by SLAP participants generated $27,525 in revenue in 2013. Add to that the 10,276 hours of free labor supplied to the recipient organizations and it’s clear that the beneficiaries of SLAP are not only the participants and organizations but the taxpayers as well.
Are you a nonprofit organization or government agency within Sussex County interested in utilizing SLAP? For further information, contact Capt. Ed Nemeth at 973.579.0865, ext. 2305.
Keogh-Dwyer Correctional Facility
41 High Street
Newton, NJ 07860
The facility is closed for the service of meals from 11:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. and 5:00 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.
Jail Communications Center
Sheriff’s Labor Assistance Program
973.579.0865, ext. 2307
Sheriff’s Work Assistance Program
973.579.0865, ext. 2308
973.579.0865, ext. 2309
973.579.0865, ext. 2315