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Homenew jerseyNew Jersey partially closes its sole women's-only prison

New Jersey partially closes its sole women’s-only prison

New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy said Wednesday his administration has shuttered part of the state’s only women’s prison, partly fulfilling a promise made more than two years ago to close the facility amid reports of sexual abuse and misconduct there.

The Democratic governor said people in minimum security have been moved to a newer satellite facility near the Edna Mahan Correctional Facility for Women in Clinton while planning for a new women’s prison is still underway. Those considered to require medium and maximum security are still housed at the older Edna Mahan facility.

The interim satellite facility dates to 1991, compared with the 110-year-old women’s prison and has more modern living conditions, temperature control and natural light, the governor’s office said in an emailed statement.

A report on the prison’s closure released alongside Wednesday’s announcement notes that inter-agency planning for a new women’s prison is underway. It’s unclear how long it will take until a new facility will be completed.

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