Gang leaders inside the Mercer County, N.J., Corrections Center here warned in telephone calls to The Trenton Times yesterday of unspecified action inside the county jail if conditions do not improve. Leaders of the Bloods, Crips, and Neta gangs did not say what they had planned, but said they are coordinated and not happy with the state government shutdown that has delayed court appearances, and how jail officials have dealt with it. “There is a lot of (expletive) going down throughout the jail and we’re all on the same page,” said an inmate who described himself as Urban Neta and said he is running the Netas in the jail. Gang leaders claimed they had recruited nine corrections officers for their plan.
Mercer County officials said there is no evidence that the jail is under any threat or that officers are working with prisoners. Flooding in Trenton and the state shutdown had caused the cancellation of court hearings; both situations have caused county resources to be stretched thin and pumped up the jail population to 850, not far from the maximum capacity of 886. Gang leaders told the Times that jail conditions were already bad, but the state shutdown had made things worse. The gang members said they have had their mail delivery and visitor privileges shut down and some inmates are not being released despite posting bail or otherwise attaining release from the courts.