County commissioners adopt resolution calling for state to prohibit jails from housing undocumented individuals

County commissioners adopt resolution calling for state to prohibit jails from housing undocumented individuals

ESSEX COUNTY, NJ — On June 9, the Essex County Board of County Commissioners adopted a resolution of support for New Jersey State Senate and Assembly bills S3361/A5207. If signed into law, the bills would prohibit state, local government agencies and private detention facilities from entering into, renewing or extending agreements with federal immigration authorities […]

Newark police arrest woman for fatal stabbing

NEWARK, NJ — Latysha Simmons, 29, of Newark, has been arrested and charged with murder in the stabbing death of Darien Wharton, also 29 and of Newark, according to a June 14 press release from the Essex County Prosucutor’s Office. It is alleged that Simmons fatally stabbed Wharton during an altercation at his home on […]

ECCF Civilian Task Force to hold public meeting June 12

ESSEX COUNTY, NJ — The Essex County Correctional Facility Civilian Task Force will host a virtual public meeting on Saturday, June 12, from 10 a.m. to noon to discuss women’s health programs and the grievance procedure at the Essex County Correctional Facility. The meeting can be livestreamed at facebook.com/essexcountyciviliantaskforce. At a later time, the video […]

Corrections officer admits signing a false report

NEWARK, NJ — An Essex County correctional officer admitted signing a false report following another officer’s assault of a federal pretrial detainee, acting U.S. Attorney Rachael A. Honig announced on June 2. Angel Chaparro, 38, pleaded guilty by videoconference before U.S. District Judge Claire C. Cecchi to an information charging him with filing a false […]

County breaks off contract with ICE to make room for UC prisoners

ESSEX COUNTY, NJ — Just one week after announcing that the Essex County Correctional Facility will begin housing detainees from Union County effective July 1, Essex County Executive Joseph N. DiVincenzo Jr. announced that the county has notified ICE to remove its detainees from the ECCF.  “We have had a very solid working relationship with […]

Essex and Union counties announce plan to house UC inmates at EC Correctional Facility

ESSEX AND UNION COUNTIES, NJ — Essex County Executive Joseph N. DiVincenzo Jr. and the Union County Board of Commissioners announced on April 22 plans to enter into a memorandum of agreement in which the Essex County Correctional Facility on Doremus Avenue in Newark will house Union County inmates. The agreement potentially would provide Essex […]

Essex County corrections officer charged with smuggling contraband into jail

NEWARK, NJ — A corrections officer has been charged with smuggling contraband at the Essex County Correctional Facility, located on Doremus Avenue in Newark, according to a March 19 press release from the Essex County Prosecutor’s Office. Alray Blackmon Jr., 31, of Newark, has been charged with second-degree attempting to provide an electronic communication device […]

Corrections officer charged with smuggling contraband into correctional facility

NEWARK, NJ — A corrections officer has been charged with smuggling contraband at the Essex County Correctional Facility, located on Doremus Avenue in Newark, in violation of N.J.S.A. 2C:29-6b, according to a Feb. 25 press release from the Essex County Prosecutor’s Office. Keith Peterman, 29, of Newark, has been charged with knowingly introducing contraband into […]

Public hearings scheduled to discuss medical issues at correctional facility

ESSEX COUNTY, NJ — The Essex County Correctional Facility Civilian Task Force has completed its training and has scheduled three public hearings concerning health and medical practices at the correctional facility. During the hearings, testimony about administrative practices and policy, incarcerated persons’ relevant experiences and expert best practices will be gathered. “The Civilian Task Force […]