Originally constructed in 1957, the Passaic County Jail was built to accommodate 227 inmates. Over the years, the jail has undergone many changes. The facility now consists of 4 floors and has a 1242 inmate capacity. In 2010, a construction project began to upgrade or install the following systems throughout the facility: heating and air conditioning, fire alarm system, fire pump, and fire suppression system.
At the direction of Sheriff Richard Berdnik and Warden Michael Tolerico, employees at the Passaic County Jail, sworn custody staff as well as civilian staff, administer various services to the inmate population and to the Passaic County community. The following are some of the many services that are provided.
It is the policy of the Passaic County Jail to provide escorted tours authorized by the Warden or his designee. These tours are provided to individuals or groups that request written permission whether for law enforcement personnel, community support groups, students, churches, Reality Check or other related programs.They are also extended to individuals in career related fields. We currently provide an average of 40 facility tours annually.
Community Release Center (CRC)
The Community Release Center offers alternatives to incarceration for the citizens of Passaic County. These alternatives include the Sheriff’s Labor Assistance Program (SLAP) and Home Detention and Bail Enhanced GPS which are a part of our Electronic Monitoring Program. CRC also provides services to the municipalities of Passaic County. These include the Clean Parks Program and emergency snow removal for seniors who need assistance after snow storms.