Monday, April 7, 2008
Witnesses Describe Beating Of Female Prisoner For Exposing Corruption
ACLU Seeks Sanctions Against New Jersey DOC For Witness Tampering And Retaliation
(The American Civil Liberties Union and the ACLU of New Jersey filed court papers today requesting that the New Jersey Superior Court impose sanctions against the New Jersey Department of Corrections (DOC) for witness tampering, official misconduct and violations of court rules. The ACLU’s motion for sanctions charges that the DOC obtained false and misleading statements from women prisoners about conditions in the prison in an attempt to defend the prison against claims of inhumane treatment. A female prisoner who exposed the DOC’s misconduct reports being beaten as a result.
“Witness tampering is a serious criminal act,” said Ed Barocas, ACLU of New Jersey Legal Director. “The Mercer County Prosecutor should immediately investigate the allegations of abuse of power by DOC personnel and attempted fraud on the court.”
The ACLU asserts that James Drumm, Assistant Administrator of the New Jersey State Prison, offered female prisoners reductions in their disciplinary sentences in exchange for making false statements describing women’s prison conditions in the New Jersey State Prison.
In another U.S. State: A trial in the lawsuit filed by the women against the Michigan Department of Corrections is in its third week of testimony in Washtenaw County Circuit Court. The lawsuit, which dates back to the 1990s, is one of several pending cases around the state. Women prisoners suffered rapes, assaults, extortion and harassment by male corrections officers in the state prisons and camps. http://www.mlive.com
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