President of corrections officers' union calls for better training at Edna Mahan Correctional Facility
As Gov. Phil Murphy moves to close Edna Mahan Correctional Facility for Women, the head of the corrections officers' union is speaking out.
Union President William Sullivan said videos released of the Edna Mahan cell extraction that resulted in 10 officers being charged with crimes show disorganization and a need for better training.
Sullivan says the department has struggled with recruiting new officers and female correctional police officers due to low pay and low morale.
"You're dealing with the worst of society. In a closed space. Eight hours a day or more, five days a week. For 25 years. The study says that once you complete your 25 years in New Jersey Department of Corrections, it is equivalent to doing an eight-year prison sentence," he said.
State Attorney General Gurbir Grewal said that officers committed "unjustified, brutal attacks" during two inmate cell extractions in January. Supervisors have been charged with allegedly trying to cover up the incident.