New Jersey AG releases video of inmate assaults at Edna Mahan women’s prison

The state Attorney General’s Office has released videos of what it says was a night of assaults carried out by correctional police officers against inmates at the state’s only women’s prison.

News 12 Staff

Jul 1, 2021, 11:07 AM

Updated 1,027 days ago

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***WARNING: Some may find the video difficult to watch.
The state Attorney General’s Office has released videos of what it says was a night of assaults carried out by correctional police officers against inmates at the state’s only women’s prison.
Authorities say that the assaults happened at Edna Mahan Correctional Facility on Jan. 11 The assaults were recorded on both security cameras and videos taken by officers who were assigned to document cell removals.
Attorney General Gurbir Grewal is prosecuting 10 correctional officers for assaults. Authorities say that after the inmates allegedly splashed liquid at the officers, the officers gathered to perform a cell extraction on two inmates.
One of the inmates was handcuffed and compliant, but the officers allegedly beat her, causing an orbital fracture. A second inmate allegedly was pepper-sprayed inside her cell before she had a chance to comply. Officials say that Officer Luis Garcia allegedly punched her 28 times.
Another officer allegedly hit the inmate with his shield, even though she did not resist, according to officials. That inmate was then dragged from her cell.
The head of the corrections officer's union declined to comment on the prosecution. But said in a statement said, "…the Department of Corrections needs more hands-on training when it comes to cell extractions…it is important to make sure you give the officer the best knowledge and skills to do their jobs."
The uproar over the assaults and arrests led to the resignation of former Corrections Commissioner Marcus Hicks earlier this month. Gov. Phil Murphy ordered the prison to be closed, but it is unclear how long this will take.
Last year, the United States Department of Justice said it found evidence that staff members at Edna Mahan sexually abused female inmates. The Justice Department says reports of that abuse go back decades. 


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