Trenton – Senator Linda Greenstein has issued the following statement in light of a report released by the U.S. Department of Justice and U.S. Attorney’s Office detailing continuing sexual abuse at the Edna Mahan Correctional Facility for Women in Hunterdon County:
“The recent revelation that inmates at the Edna Mahan Correctional Facility for Women continue to be subjected to rampant sexual abuse is not only appalling, but it is immensely disheartening given that the legislature held hearings on the issue over two years ago, with testimony from national and local experts. The U.S. Department of Justice’s report illustrates a systemic problem that persists within the prison culture, even after the sexual abuse endured by prisoners has become public.
“As chair of the Senate Law and Public Safety Committee, I am calling for a new hearing addressing this unacceptable treatment of prisoners at Edna Mahan. We must decide what we need to do to meet the minimal remedial measures laid out by the Department of Justice and to surpass them in order to protect the inmates. We must make sure once and for all that the state’s only women’s prison is not a national disgrace.”