Justice Department to Investigate New Jersey Correctional Facility
A recently launched investigation by the U.S. Department of Justice will focus on shocking sexual abuse allegations at the Edna Mahan Correctional Facility for Women in Clinton, New Jersey. The investigation will explore claims that there was widespread sexual abuse of inmates by guards; and will evaluate whether the facility can protect prisoners.
In its quest to determine if there have been systemic violations of prisoners’ Constitutional rights, investigators will gather information directly from inmates, as well as interview officers and local officials. They will also seek information from other criminal justice stakeholders, review specific incidents, and observe officer activities. The investigation was launched after several guards were charged with sexually assaulting inmates.
In addition to recently filed charges, five male guards were indicted last year on more than two dozen charges of official misconduct and sexual abuse of eight women. Of those, one was found guilty of official misconduct, sexual assault, criminal sexual assault, and a pattern of official misconduct. Another was convicted of second-degree official misconduct and sentenced to prison time. Additionally, a former instructional trade instructor plead guilty to official misconduct and was also sentenced to prison time.
Late last year, Williams Cedar attorneys filed a class action as co-counsel last year on behalf of other inmates at the same facility. The case, Nobles v. New Jersey DOC, et al. claims that the New Jersey Department of Corrections and supervisory personnel at the facility tolerated a persistent “culture of abuse,” and retaliated against those who complained.
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