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Jessica Graham. (Photo: New Jersey Department of Corrections).

Updated: Two days before gubernatorial election, a prison break at Edna Mahan

Minimum security prisoner found missing on Sunday

By David Wildstein, October 31 2021 6:36 pm

Updated: Jessica Graham has been captured by the Department of Corrections’ special operations group at a local gas station and is back in custody.

Police are searching for a 40-year-old Staten Island woman who escaped from the Edna Mahan Correctional Facility for Women in Clinton on Sunday.

Jessica C. Graham was determined to be missing from the minimum security unit following a routine population count earlier today.

The unit is separate from Edna Mahan’s maximum security area and eligibility is based on multiple factors, including no history of institutional violence.

Graham was charged with one count of criminal mischief and damaging property in 2018 and was sentenced to five years in prison on June 16.    She is eligible for parole on February 22 of next year.

“Following Departmental protocol, appropriate law enforcement agencies were promptly notified for community notification,” the state Department of Corrections said in a statement.  “Anyone with information on her whereabouts are asked to contact the NJDOC Central Communications Unit 609.826.5666. The incident remains under investigation.”

Graham is a white, 5 feet 5 inches tall and weighs approximately 135 pounds.  She has brown eyes and black hair.

She is one of 30 at-large escapees from state correctional facilities and jails in New Jersey, and one of four from Edna Mahan.

The most prominent escaped prisoner in New Jersey is Joanne Chesimard, who was serving a life sentence for the 1973 murder of New Jersey State Trooper Werner Forrester.  She escaped in 1970 and is now believed to be living in Cuba under the name Assata Olugbala Shakur.

Magnolia Sheffield has been out of custody since 1975 and Edna Anderson since 1976.

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