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Freeholder Chairperson: H. James Polos

Middlesex County has a long history of national leadership in jail operations. In 1917, when the jail opened in New Brunswick, Middlesex pioneered a number of architectural innovations.

In 1978, the Board of Freeholders combined the jail and the workhouse into a unified Department of Corrections. A modern facility was constructed in North Brunswick and the old buildings were closed. Since opening in 1984, the Adult Correction Center has been recognized as a leader in Direct Supervision Jail Management. Through the years, jail leaders from all around the country (and even overseas) have visited Middlesex County.

In 2005, the Middlesex County Department of Corrections processed over 12,000 inmate commitments. The average daily population of the facility totaled 1,182.

The Department of Corrections is composed of 292 employees, administrators, correction officers, supervisors and support staff.

Department Operations
The warden is the Director of the Department of Corrections. He is responsible to ensure the highest degree of protection for the citizens of Middlesex County and to ensure the safety of the staff through the secure confinement of inmates committed to the Middlesex County Department of Corrections.

The Chief of Staff is responsible for Custody Operations such as inmate intake processing, housing and inmate discharge/bail processing.

The Chief of Staff is responsible for social services, inmate classification, inmate disciplinary operations, and support services.

The Business Manager is responsible for purchasing, payroll, personnel and related administrative support services.

The Maintenance Superintendent is responsible for the building, grounds and equipment.

Food Services, Medical Services, Social Services and Commissary Services are provided by contract with private companies.