State AG files more charges in women’s prison assault case, including against top official
New Jersey’s acting attorney general has announced charges against five more people linked to inmate assaults at the state’s only women’s prison.
The new defendants from the Edna Mahan Correctional Facility for Women in Clinton include four corrections officers and Sean St. Paul – the Department of Corrections associate administrator.
St. Paul was the highest-ranking DOC official at the prison in January 2021 when several inmates were assaulted and seriously injured.
Acting Attorney General Andrew Bruck says St. Paul allegedly approved, ordered and then falsely reported forced cell extractions that night.
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The probe has had wide-ranging fallout, including the departure of the state’s corrections commissioner. Then-Commissioner Marcus Hicks resigned in June.
"We are holding accountable everyone who was involved in January's brutal assaults, from the line officers working the cell block, to the highest-ranking prison official on duty that night,” Bruck said in a statement. "With today's charges, we are making clear that even the senior-most leadership at Edna Mahan must be held responsible for their illegal conduct."
A total of 15 people are facing charges related to the incident. And authorities say that the investigation is not over.