Edna Mahan Correctional Facility for Women

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Edna Mahan Correctional Facility for Women
Location30 Route 513
Clinton, New Jersey
Security classMixed
Managed byNew Jersey Department of Corrections

Edna Mahan Correctional Facility for Women (formerly the Clinton Correctional Facility for Women)[1] is a prison facility for women of the state of New Jersey Department of Corrections, located in Union Township, Hunterdon County, New Jersey,[2][3] near Clinton.[4] Its official abbreviation is EMCFW. The facility was named for Edna Mahan (b. 1900, pronounced Mann), one of the first female correctional superintendents in the U.S.

The current administrator is William Hauck; he has served in that position for 4 years. As of February 2009, the prison holds 950 inmates in maximum, medium and minimum security sections.

According to the New Jersey Department of Corrections, Edna Mahan "provides custody and treatment programs for female offenders ages 16 and older. The facility features the Puppies Behind Bars program [1], in which inmates train guide dogs for the blind, among other unique ventures. EMCFW has a drug and alcohol treatment unit as well as Bureau of State Use Industries shops specializing in clothing and tele-response/data entry."

The facility played host to The Rolling Thunder Revue Tour on December 7, 1975, headed by Bob Dylan.


On November 2, 1979, Assata Shakur, in prison serving a life sentence for the 1973 murder of New Jersey State Trooper Werner Foerster, escaped from the facility, after three members of the Black Liberation Army drew .45-caliber automatic pistols. Two officers were taken hostage as part of the escape and were released unharmed.[5][6] Charged with assisting in her escape was her brother, Mutulu Shakur, and Silvia Baraldini. In part for his role in the event, Mutulu was named on July 23, 1982 as the 380th addition to the FBI's Ten Most Wanted Fugitives list, where he remained for the next four years until his capture in 1986.

Past Allegations[edit]

In 1994, Kevin Brodie was fired and prosecuted for having a sexual relationship with an inmate/parolee.[7]

In 1995, William Jimenez stayed in a hotel with an inmate during a leave of absence. He was later fired and prosecuted.[8]

In the summer of 1998, David Clappison entered a guilty plea to sexual assault after admitting to having had sexual relations with an inmate.[9]

Robert Scannicchio was fired for vacationing with a former inmate in 1998. It was also reported that they became “unduly familiar” with one another while she was incarcerated.[10]

In the spring of 1998, Jeffrey Barr was fired and prosecuted for having sexual contact with an inmate.

Stewart Sella was accused of sexually assaulting Jacqueline Haggenmiller and Tammy Davis 10 times between 1997 and 1999. In 1998, Haggenmiller allegations of rape and other incidents of sexual assault that were perpetrated against her by Sella. These allegations were worked up the chain of command and a formal investigation began Sella was ultimately fired and prosecuted and in 2000, he was charged.[11]

Tammy Davis initially reported the allegations against Sella to Regina Dozier, almost two years prior than Haggenmiller’s allegations. Dozier was later investigated and fired for covering up Davis’ allegations. Dozier was also charged with official misconduct and improper sexual contact after she allegedly had sexual contact with four inmates at the prison. [12][13]

Ralph Grier was sentenced to 5 years in prison for taking photos of an inmate while she was “flashing” the camera. It was verbally agreed upon before the taking of the photos between Grier and the inmate that she would receive $150 and a transfer to a new cell. Instead of this, she received $30 and no transfer. Before the incident, Grier would often give the inmate cigarettes, candy, gum and even on one occasion a pair of earrings. [14]

In 2008, James Gallichio was charged with second-degree misconduct and sexual assault after an unidentified inmate came forwarded and told investigators that they had a “mutual sexual relationship” while she was incarcerated, according to a probable cause affidavit. Gallichio smuggled a phone into the facility for the inmate and, between November 2007 and March 2008, the 2 spoke on the phone 894 times. Since most of the phone calls were done over a recorded line, it was easy for investigators to find out that they were professing their love to one another. Also, it was stated that Gallichio smuggled in the “wand,” code for a pregnancy test, to the inmate, and that “tells you something” according to court papers. Gallichio is currently serving a 12-year sentence for armed robbery.[15][16]

On October 31, 2016, Joel Herscap entered a guilty plea for the following charges, two counts of second-degree official misconduct, two counts of second-degree sexual assault and one count of fourth-degree criminal sexual contact. It was reported that he was trading tobacco products in exchange for sex. [17]

Jason Mays was arrested in September 2016 and was later found guilty of sexual assault, criminal sexual contact, as well as official misconduct. One of the inmates Mays performed intercourse testified during his trial. She said she only did it because her parole date was coming up and didn’t want another infraction. She also stated “It was an officer versus an inmate… they could take my release date away from me in a blink of an eye.”[18]

Ahnwar Dixon was arrested on November 19, 2016, was later indicted on one count of second-degree sexual assault, three counts of second-degree official misconduct, five counts of fourth-degree criminal sexual conduct, and one count of second-degree pattern of official misconduct.[19]

Brian Ambroise was arrested in October 2016 and is set to face charges of sexual assault and official misconduct. It was reported that Ambroise engaged in a “pattern” of official misconduct.[20]

Thomas Seguine was arrested on February 19, 2017, and was sentenced on May 1, 2017. He pleaded guilty to official misconduct after authorities accused him of having sex with an inmate. He was sentenced to 3 years in prison.[21]

Joel Mercado was indicted on August 17, 2017, on two counts of official misconduct and two counts of sexual assault. It was reported that Mercado had sexual relationships with 2 separate inmates. [22]

On February 2, 2018, Ronald Coleman Jr. was arrested and charged with seven counts of official misconduct, two counts of sexual assault, two counts of conspiracy to commit sexual assault, one count of pattern of official misconduct and three counts of criminal sexual conduct.[23]

Erick Melgar has allegations sexual assault allegations against him by 6 different inmates. Melgar was fired from his job as a correctional officer in 2010. On March 22, 2017, Melgar reportedly paid the 6 inmates $75,000. Melgar was never officially charged with a crime. The head of the Edna Mahan during the time of the internal investigation stated that Melgar should have been criminally charged.[24][25] [26][27][28]

Film appearances[edit]

The 2004 documentary Freedom Road by Lorna A. Johnson, depicting the lives of three inmates, was filmed at Edna Mahan. Another documentary, Going Home, was also shot at Edna Mahan and based on Steven Kalafer's observation of the Life Skills Academy program.

Notable inmates[edit]

  • Kathleen Dorsett – convicted of the 2010 murder of her ex-husband
  • Diane Downs – convicted of the 1983 murder of her daughter and attempted murder of her other children; transferred from Oregon after escape
  • Amy Locane – original cast member of Melrose Place; convicted of 2010 vehicular homicide and assault by auto[29]
  • Michelle Lodzinski – convicted of the 1991 murder of her five-year-old son
  • Melanie McGuire – convicted of the 2004 murder of her husband
  • Assata Shakur (formerly Joanne Chesimard) – convicted of the 1973 murder of a New Jersey State Trooper; escaped in 1979


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Coordinates: 40°37′45″N 74°56′04″W / 40.62917°N 74.93444°W / 40.62917; -74.93444