TRENTON – Senator John A. Girgenti, Chairman of the Senate Law, Public Safety and Veterans Affairs Committee, today proposed legislative reforms based on the panel’s hearings on the violent, gang-related disturbance at Bayside State Prison on January 1st.
“What became clear after two hearings … is that officers need more training in dealing with gangs and in containing violent outbursts that are either planned or spontaneous,” Senator Girgenti said in a statement outlining three corrections reform initiatives.
Senator Girgenti said he anticipated bipartisan support for the three bills which would establish a continuing education program for corrections officers with topics to include gang-related issues, require the commissoner to conduct a facilities report at a prison after any incident involving a death or serious injury, and improve staff communications with an automated voice mail system that would keep incoming shifts informed of potential prison uprisings.
Senator Girgenti also praised the Codey Administration for including funds in the next State budget for phasing out trailers as residencies for adult prison inmates. He said testimony at the hearings convinced him that conditions in trailers provided “combustible opportunities for mayhem.”
CLICK HERE TO READ SENATOR GIRGENTI’S STATEMENT ON THE BAYSIDE PRISON BILLS