For Immediate Release: December 4, 2021
Office of The Attorney General
– Andrew J. Bruck, Acting Attorney General
Office of Public Integrity and Accountability
– Thomas J. Eicher, Executive Director
Newark, N.J. – The Attorney General’s Office is investigating the death of an inmate at the Essex County Correctional Facility in Newark on Friday, Dec. 3. The identity of the male inmate is not being released at this time.
On Friday morning, the inmate was taken to University Hospital in Newark, where he was pronounced deceased at 9:03 a.m.
The investigation is being conducted pursuant to AG Directive 2019-4, which implements the statutory requirement that the Attorney General’s Office conduct the investigation of any death that occurs during an encounter with a law enforcement officer acting in the officer’s official capacity or while the decedent is in custody, and which establishes clear standards and procedures for conducting such investigations.
Per Section II.H.3 of the Directive, the investigation will be bifurcated, with the AG’s Office investigating the conduct of correctional officers and other jail staff, and the Essex County Prosecutor’s Office investigating the conduct of any other parties that may be responsible.
The investigation is ongoing and no further information is being released at this time.