Inmates arrested by ICE protest facility conditions
March 18, 2007, 9:27 PM EDT
FREEHOLD TOWNSHIP, N.J. (AP) _ A peaceful protest staged Sunday by more than 100 people who were being temporarily housed at the Monmouth County Jail while awaiting hearings on federal immigration matters has come to end.
Undersheriff Ted Freeman, a jail spokesman, said 132 inmates had refused to eat or participate in activities for several hours because they wanted, among other things, more food and Spanish-speaking officers, and for a broken television set to be fixed.
"The warden (William J. Fraser) has been meeting with them (inmates) all day, and their concerns have been met," Freeman told the Asbury Park Press of Neptune on Sunday night. "The demonstration _ or whatever you want to call it _ is over."
Freeman did not expect food servings to change, saying all inmates at the facility in Freehold Township get three meals a day for 3,400 calories, which is the diet recommended by a nutritionist with the jail's food-service company. He said the jail also has a commissary where inmates can purchase items like crackers.
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