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Case Name United States v. New Jersey (DOJ CRIPA Investigation of Edna Mahan Correctional Facility for Women) PC-NJ-0027
Docket / Court 2:21-cv-15031 ( D.N.J. )
State/Territory New Jersey
Case Type(s) Prison Conditions
Attorney Organization U.S. Dept. of Justice Civil Rights Division
Case Summary
On August 10, 2021, the Department of Justice, Civil Rights Division announced that it had reached a settlement with the New Jersey Department of Corrections regarding conditions at the Edna Mahan Correctional Facility for Women. The same day, it filed a lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the ... read more >
On August 10, 2021, the Department of Justice, Civil Rights Division announced that it had reached a settlement with the New Jersey Department of Corrections regarding conditions at the Edna Mahan Correctional Facility for Women. The same day, it filed a lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey, requesting that the court approve and enforce the purposed consent decree. DOJ had opened a Civil Rights of Institutionalized Persons Act (CRIPA) investigation into the facility in April 2018 based on allegations of sexual abuse and other serious issues to people incarcerated there.

Contemporaneously with the DOJ settlement, several plaintiffs who had previously been incarcerated at the facility reached a monetary class action settlement in New Jersey state court against the Department of Corrections. That case is in this Clearinghouse as A.F. & M.D. v. New Jersey Department of Corrections; Marianne Brown et al. v. New Jersey Department of Corrections; Tamasa Nobles et al. v. William Anderson et al (PC.NJ-0028).

Jonah Hudson-Erdman - 09/12/2021


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Issues and Causes of Action
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Causes of Action Civil Rights of Institutionalized Persons Act (CRIPA), 42 U.S.C. ยง 1997 et seq.
Defendant(s) New Jersey Department of Corrections
State of New Jersey
Indexed Lawyer Organizations U.S. Dept. of Justice Civil Rights Division
Prevailing Party Plaintiff
Nature of Relief Injunction / Injunctive-like Settlement
Source of Relief Settlement
Filed 08/10/2021
Case Ongoing Yes
Case Listing PC-NJ-0028 : A.F. & M.D. v. New Jersey Department of Corrections; Marianne Brown et al. v. New Jersey Department of Corrections; Tamasa Nobles et al. v. William Anderson et al. (State Court)
Additional Resources
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  Review of the Use of Monitors in Civil Settlement Agreements and Consent Decrees Involving State and Local Government Entities
U.S. Department of Justice
Date: 9/13/2021
By: Attorney General Merrick Garland and Assoc. AG Vanita Gupta (U.S. Department of Justice)
[ Detail ] [ PDF ] [ External Link ]

  An Analysis of CRIPA Findings Letters Issued to Jails for Constitutional Violations by the Department of Justice
Date: Apr. 15, 2016
By: Jeff Mellow, Bryce E. Peterson & Mijin Kim (John Jay College of Criminal Justice Faculty)
Citation: Am. J. Crim. Just. (April 2016)
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Court Docket(s)
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General Documents
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04/13/2020
Investigation of the Edna Mahan Correctional Facility for Women (Union Township, New Jersey)
PC-NJ-0027-0001.pdf | Detail
Source: U.S. Department of Justice, Civil Rights Division, Special Litigation Section
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04/13/2020
Notice Regarding Investigation of Edna Mahan Correctional Facility for Women
PC-NJ-0027-0002.pdf | Detail
Source: U.S. Department of Justice, Civil Rights Division, Special Litigation Section
D.N.J.
08/10/2021
Complaint [ECF# 1]
PC-NJ-0027-0004.pdf | External Link | Detail
Source: U.S. Department of Justice, Civil Rights Division, Special Litigation Section
D.N.J.
09/01/2021
Settlement Agreement
PC-NJ-0027-0003.pdf | External Link | Detail
Source: U.S. Department of Justice, Civil Rights Division, Special Litigation Section
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Plaintiff's Lawyers Campion, Michael E (New Jersey) show/hide docs
PC-NJ-0027-0003 | PC-NJ-0027-0004
Clarke, Kristen M. (District of Columbia) show/hide docs
PC-NJ-0027-0003 | PC-NJ-0027-0004
Dean, Kerry Krentler (District of Columbia) show/hide docs
PC-NJ-0027-0003 | PC-NJ-0027-0004
Florio, Kelly Horan (New Jersey) show/hide docs
PC-NJ-0027-0003 | PC-NJ-0027-0004
Garland, Merrick B. (District of Columbia) show/hide docs
PC-NJ-0027-0004
Honig, Rachel (New Jersey) show/hide docs
PC-NJ-0027-0003 | PC-NJ-0027-0004
Rosenbaum, Steven H. (District of Columbia) show/hide docs
PC-NJ-0027-0003 | PC-NJ-0027-0004
Vera, Helen (District of Columbia) show/hide docs
PC-NJ-0027-0003 | PC-NJ-0027-0004
Defendant's Lawyers Edwards, Christopher (New Jersey) show/hide docs
PC-NJ-0027-0003
Other Lawyers Carpenito, Craig (New Jersey) show/hide docs
PC-NJ-0027-0002
Dreiband, Eric S. (District of Columbia) show/hide docs
PC-NJ-0027-0002

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