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Former Assemblyman Jack Ciattarelli. (Photo: Kevin Sanders for New Jersey Globe)

Ciattarelli calls prison allegations ‘horrifying,’ wants Hicks gone

GOP gubernatorial candidate: ‘The Commissioner should resign. So too should the Governor.”

By David Wildstein, January 28 2021 3:15 pm

A scandal over allegations that guards beat women prisoners has Republican gubernatorial candidate Jack Ciattarelli calling for the resignation of Commissioner of Corrections Marcus Hicks – and Gov. Phil Murphy.

“The systemic abuse of female inmates reported in state facilities under Governor Murphy’s watch is horrifying and unacceptable,” Ciattarelli said. “Of course, the Commissioner should resign. So too should the Governor.”

Three days after the Star-Ledger reported a criminal probe involving employees of the Edna Mahan Correctional Facility in Clinton.

“This is an Administration marked by pervasive corruption and incompetence, with an abhorrent pattern of ignoring the abuse of women,” said Ciattarelli.  “Accountability is required and, whether he admits it or not, the buck stops with Governor Murphy.”

Assembly Speaker Craig Coughlin announced on Wednesday that the Judiciary Committee would hold hearings on the allegations at New Jersey’s only state prison for women.

Earlier today, all 25 Democrats in the State Senate called for Hicks’ ouster, as well as Corrections Ombudsman Dan Di Benedetti.

The Legislative Black and Latino caucuses also want Hicks and Di Benedetti gone.

“We are outraged to learn that more than 30 individuals may have participated in the events leading up to the assault and are horrified that such an attack could have occurred in the first place,” the caucuses said in a joint statement.

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