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Senator press Hicks for details on women’s prison settlement with Justice Department

By David Wildstein, February 08 2021 10:15 am

Three influential state senators want embattled Corrections Commissioner Marcus Hicks to release details of a tentative settlement with the U.S. Department of Justice that addresses abuses at the Edna Mahan Correctional Facility for women.

The lawmakers – Senate Majority Leader Loretta Weinberg, Senate Law and Public Safety Committee Chair Linda Greenstein and Commerce Committee Chair Nellie Pou – want to know if federal monitors are on site at the state’s only prison for women.

All 25 Democrats in the State Senate, and all eight Republican women in the legislature, have called for Hicks to resign.

A Justice Department report found appalling conditions for inmates, said that their civil rights have been violated, that reported sexual abuse was largely undetected and undeterred, and that those who reported abuse faced retaliation.

“Given the severity of the situation and reports of ongoing abuse, we are requesting a copy of the tentative federal settlement agreement, as well as all written and electronic correspondence and records of all meetings and telephone calls between the DOJ and DOC regarding the settlement and its implementation,” Weinberg, Greenstein and Pou told Hicks in a letter.

The senators want to know if the Department of Corrections has agreed to the Justice Department’s proposed settlement and how many monitors are in place at the Edna Mahan facility.

They also want to know who the monitors are.

Weinberg, Greenstein and Pou have also asked Hicks if criminal justice reform laws approved over the last two years have been implemented.

Assemblywoman Jean Stanfield announced on Friday that she planned to introduce a resolution to initiate impeachment proceedings against Hicks, who remains in his post despite the scandal.

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