New Jersey's corrections commissioner and directors of several halfway houses say the state has the nation's best "community corrections" system.

The officials were called to testify Thursday before a state Senate committee looking at halfway houses after a New York Times investigation that found major problems at the privately run facilities.

John Clancy, the CEO of Community Education Centers, the largest of the halfway house providers, told the legislators that he would "refute most of what The New York Times wrote."

The newspaper's investigation found problems with oversight, escapes, violence and drug use in the facilities.

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