|New Jersey Department of Corrections Commissioner Marcus Hicks is resigning effective next Friday, following the release of an independent report on the troubles at the Edna Mahan Correctional Facility for Women.
Lawmakers have been demanding Hicks’ ouster for months, as the Jan. 11 violence follows years of chronic problems with sexual and physical abuse at the Edna Mahan Correctional Facility for Women that didn’t begin under Hicks – but also weren’t fixed by him.
In response to a question after he announced the closing of Edna Mahan, Governor Phil Murphy yesterday side-stepped a direct question about Hicks’ future.
“No news to make on leadership,” he said. “But I’m really disturbed by the report.”
A few minutes later at his briefing, Murphy was asked basically the same question again.
And he gave the same answer.
Today, state Senator Kristin Corrado (R-40) issued the following statement in response the resignation of embattled New Jersey Department of Corrections Commissioner Marcus Hicks:
“The resignation of Commissioner Hicks only addresses half of the leadership failure in the Murphy administration that allowed the abuses and sexual assaults at Edna Mahan to continue for too long.”
On Monday, Murphy said the following when he announced his decision to close Edna Mahan, New Jersey’s only all-women correctional facility:
“After learning about the violent attacks that took place on January 11 at Edna Mahan Correctional Facility for Women, I ordered an independent investigation to determine what happened, how it happened, and to ensure a situation like this never occurs again in our correctional facilities,” said Murphy. “With former New Jersey State Comptroller Matt Boxer’s detailed investigative report, we now have key information about the circumstances surrounding the incidents that night and a roadmap to prevent unauthorized cell extractions and violence against inmates.
“I am deeply disturbed and disgusted by the horrific attacks that took place on January 11. Individuals in state custody deserve to be treated with dignity and respect, and the officers involved in this incident, both directly and indirectly, abused their power to send a message that they were in charge. The excessive use of force, as outlined in the report, cannot and will not be tolerated by my Administration. I am grateful to Attorney General Gurbir Grewal for his swift action in filing criminal charges against multiple officers involved in these appalling attacks.