Violations of the emergency orders constitute a disorderly person’s offense carrying a potential sentence of up to six months in jail and a fine of up to $1,000. However, violators can potentially face criminal charges including second, third, and fourth degree indictable offenses.
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As the Novel Coronavirus invades institutions across the world, about 10 percent of the Morris County Correctional Staff – a combination of 20 Corrections Officers and Non-Sworn Staff – have tested positive for the virus, the first on March 22, 2020. One Correctional Officer returned to work April 6, while other Officers also are expected to start returning to work this week.
The Morris County Correctional Facility early today, March 24, began an orderly, staggered release of 28 non-violent offenders in compliance with a New Jersey Supreme Court order that suspended county jail sentences of certain inmates to minimize risks of the spread of COVID-19 in correctional facilities.