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Wednesday, September 21, 2005

Woodbridge prison guests attack inmates

New Brunswick Home News Tribune, NJ

WOODBRIDGE — They call the program at East Jersey State Prison "Scared Straight."

But yesterday the group lesson that attempts to shock young offenders into staying out of prison backfired when three "guests" listening to the hardened inmates attacked two of them, badly beating one, authorities said.

It was the guests, not the inmates, who had to be restrained, one corrections officer said.

The incident at the medium-security prison for men in the Avenel section of the township was believed to be gang-related, said a state Department of Corrections official and a corrections officer in the prison.


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