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N.J. DOC introduces body cameras for COs at troubled women’s facility

The body cameras, bought with a $250,000 grant, will “offer greater oversight, accountability, and security of our facilities,” officials said

By Joe Atmonavage

CLINTON, N.J. — The New Jersey Department of Corrections has received its first allotment of body cameras for officers to wear at the state’s only women’s prison, which has been under intense scrutiny in recent years after allegations of sexual abuse and most recently, an ongoing criminal investigation into a violent attack against a group of inmates.

The department announced Tuesday that the pilot program is being funded by a $250,000 grant award from the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) and will initially launch at Edna Mahan Correctional Facility for Women.

Department of Corrections (DOC) Commissioner Marcus Hicks, who is facing calls for his resignation over the issues at Edna Mahan, said in a statement that the body camera program will “offer greater oversight, accountability, and security of our facilities.”

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