NJ Corrections commissioner resigns following scathing Edna Mahan women’s prison report
New Jersey Department of Corrections Commissioner Marcus Hicks has announced his resignation following a scathing 70-page report about the Edna Mahan Correctional Facility for Women.
The report revealed how Hicks' department failed to stop abuse at the facility. The report also found that officials did not enact reforms and follow their own policies.
The report states that some corrections officers used excessive force and filed false reports after a series of cell extractions in January.
Lawmakers have been calling for Hicks to be fired for months. Allegations of a series of rapes and other abuse against inmates were reported. Charges were filed against 10 officers.
Gov. Phil Murphy ordered the prison to be shut down following the report.
Hicks said in a statement, “It has been an honor and a privilege to have served the Murphy Administration and the people of New Jersey as Commissioner of the New Jersey Department of Corrections for the past three years. I’m proud of the work we’ve done and wish our staff and individuals under our care well as the Department continues its mission to ensure safety and promote rehabilitation.”
Hicks' resignation will take effect on June 18. Victoria Kuhn, the current chief of staff for the Department of Corrections, will serve as acting commissioner.