New Jersey Hires Correctional Planning and Design Consultant to Relocate Edna Mahan Prison |
(The Center Square) – The New Jersey Department of Corrections (NJDOC) has “hired” a planning and design consultant to help relocate Edna Mahan Women’s Correctional Facility.
The Moss Group (TMG) has outsourced Steve Carter to CGL Services for $ 312,752, according to information provided to The Center Square by Liz Velez, communications director for NJDOC.
“The work he does is an extension of DOC’s partnership with TMG, of which it is a part, making it keenly aware of the needs of Edna Mahan residents,” Velez said in an email to The Center Square.
In June, Governor Phil Murphy ordered the state to shut down Clinton installation following inmate abuse reports, then NJDOC commissioner Marcus Hicks resigned following the announcement. The governor’s announcement coincided with the release of an investigation report into suspected misconduct at the facility.
According to a press release, the work includes “a three-phase approach”, including reviewing the current prison facilities to see if the state “can modernize the infrastructure to meet the aligned vision.” It could also “partner with the New Jersey Treasury Department to identify other vacant facilities.”
In an announcement, Carter said her evaluation “will first examine the ability to adapt, and potentially expand, selected prisons to meet these needs for the ultimate purpose-built women’s correctional facility. “.
In April 2020, the US Department of Justice said it believed the NJDOC “does not protect Edna Mahan’s prisoners from sexual abuse by staff.” State reached a $ 20.8 million taxpayer-funded settlement prosecutions involving current and former detainees of Edna Mahan.
In August, the federal government and New Jersey entered into a proposed agreement to resolve complaints of inmate mistreatment at Edna Mahan.
“This process represents a significant transformative step with a clean slate that allows us to address the evolving needs of this generation of incarcerated women,” NJDOC Acting Commissioner Victoria L. Kuhn said in an announcement regarding hiring Carter.