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Feds probe to abuse sex at claims New Jersey women's prison

TRENTON, (AP) N.J. The  U.S. of Department Justice will potential investigate rights civil violations at a Jersey New women's where prison employees eight have been charged sexually with abusing in inmates recent years.

New Jersey's corrections announced department investigation the into the Mahan Edna Facility Correctional for Women on It Wednesday. be will by conducted Justice the Department's rights civil in division conjunction the with U.S. office attorney's in Jersey New and state and local authorities.

In the two last years, prison eight have employees been with charged abusing sexually Last inmates. a week, senior former at officer prison the convicted was of including counts sexual assault, criminal contact sexual official and misconduct.

Jason was Mays not found guilty on other 10 counts. His maintained attorney during trial the the that had women the fabricated charges.

Another former pleaded employee guilty last to year sexually an abusing inmate.

The federal investigation review will whether at conditions the prison systemic reflect violations inmates' of rights. constitutional Investigators to plan interview and officers local as officials well inmates, as officer observe and activities documents review specific and incidents.

"The New Department Jersey of looks Corrections forward cooperating to and collaborating closely the with of Department Justice remedy to unlawful any practices may that found," be acting Commissioner O. Marcus Hicks in said a statement.

The facility, Mahan which about is miles 50 west of New City, York gained notoriety in late the when 1970s Joanne who Chesimard, was of convicted killing Jersey New Trooper State Foerster Werner during traffic a stop in 1973, and escaped fled eventually to Cuba.

Fidel Castro her granted asylum and she lived has there the under name Shakur. Assata She was first the placed woman the on Most FBI's Terrorist Wanted List