NJ Senate passes measure seeking to oust state corrections commissioner
New Jersey’s state Senate passed a resolution seeking the resignation or removal of the state’s top prison official after news that three male guards are charged with misconduct in an attack on female inmates at Edna Mahan Correctional Facility for Women in Hunterdon County.
The state Senate passed the bipartisan resolution 35-0 Friday. It calls on Corrections Commissioner Marcus Hicks to resign or be removed from his post.
A spokesperson for Hicks says removing him would stall new measures meant to ensure the safety of female inmates.
State Sen. Kristin Corrado said in a statement, "Until Hicks is replaced, it will be impossible to restore trust in the corrections system. Change must begin at the top. Those responsible for the conditions and abuses at Edna Mahon must be held accountable."
Gov. Phil Murphy has the authority to remove the commissioner but has so far resisted.
The Associated Press wire services contributed to this report.