New Jersey will close the only women’s prison in the state after a series of sexual abuse charges and a night of raids by guards that turned violent.
Gov. Phil Murphy (D) said Monday he wanted to close the Edna Mahan Correctional Facility, a scandal-plagued prison that houses about 370 prisoners in rural Hunterdon County.
The jail was already under scrutiny for a federal report citing years of sexual abuse of inmates when a series of forced “cell extractions” on Jan. 11 resulted in injuries to inmates – and charges against 10 guards and employees.
“I am deeply disturbed and disgusted by the horrific attacks that took place on January 11,” Murphy said in a press release.
“Individuals in state custody deserve to be treated with dignity and respect, and the officers involved in this incident, both directly and indirectly, abused their power to send a message that they were in charge.”
Murphy’s announcement came the same day as