In the wake of a series of rapes, attacks and other alleged abuse at the state’s only women’s prison, Gov. Phil Murphy on Monday announced his intention to shut down the Edna Mahan Correctional Facility for Women in Hunterdon County, reads a story on NJ.com.
“Edna Mahan Correctional Facility for Women has a long history of abusive incidents predating our Administration, and we must now commit ourselves to completely breaking this pattern of misconduct to better serve incarcerated women entrusted to the state’s care,” the governor said in a statement calling for its closing, the site reports.
According to the news outlet, at the same time, Murphy also released an investigative report prepared by former State Comptroller Matt Boxer and the law firm Lowenstein Sandler on cell extractions at the facility that occurred on January 11 of this year
“After reading the report and its recommendations, I have decided that the only path forward is to responsibly close the facility,” the governor said.
Referring to the attacks that took place in January, Murphy said he was “deeply disturbed and disgusted” by what happened at the prison, in what has been described as a night of violence inside a prison noted for continuing allegations of sexual abuse, exploitation and physical violence against prisoners by corrections officers and civilian staff, the authors write.
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