New Jersey has agreed to pay almost $21 million to several women who said they were sexually abused while incarcerated at New Jersey’s only women’s prison and to other former inmates, officials announced Wednesday.
The agreement still needs approval from a state Superior Court. If that happens, money will also be set aside for former prisoners who have not yet come forward with claims of abuse, said Oliver Barry, an attorney representing women who filed civil lawsuits.
The settlement would provide more than 20 women who said they were sexually abused in recent years with about $9.8 million, according to Barry.
The agreement will also improve conditions at the Edna Mahan Correctional Facility in Hunterdon County by enforcing officers’ use of body cameras while allowing women “to turn the page on this difficult chapter,” according to a statement by several lawyers involved in the case.