NJ to close only women’s prison after reports of attacks by guards

NJ to close only women’s prison after reports of attacks by guards


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.

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“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

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