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Edna Mahan Correctional Facility. (Photo: NJ Globe file photo).

14 Edna Mahan officers indicted by grand jury

Murphy‘s promise to close prison remains unfulfilled

By Joey Fox, September 28 2022 9:43 am

The office of the attorney general announced yesterday that 14 correctional officers at the troubled Edna Mahan Correctional Facility for Women have been indicted by a grand jury on charges of conspiracy, official misconduct, tampering with public records, and aggravated assault.

In January 2021, inmates at the Hunterdon County prison were subjected to forcible removals from their cells, beatings, and other bodily harm by correctional officers. The officers also failed to report the assaults, as they are required to do by law.

The incident, followed by an independent report released five months later, eventually led to the resignation of Corrections Commissioner Marcus Hicks and a promise from Gov. Phil Murphy to shut the prison down.

“After reading the report and its recommendations, I have decided that the only path forward is to responsibly close the facility,” Murphy said in June 2021. “I look forward to working with our partners in the legislature to responsibly close down the Edna Mahan Correctional Facility for Women and relocate inmates to a new facility or other facilities.”

That promise was reiterated by current Corrections Commissioner Victoria Kuhn at her Senate confirmation hearing in May, but the facility remains in operation today.

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