Union leaders representing officers at the Mercer County, N.J., Correction Center say gang violence inside the jail has escalated in recent months and asserted the administration isn’t doing enough to protect the officers’ safety, reports the Trenton Times. “It used to be about one (assault) every two months, and now it’s two or three a week,” said Bill Lane, president of the corrections officers’ union. “We can control some things, but we can’t stop everything. Something has to be done.”
Shirley Tyler, the jail’s new warden, says the situation is under control. Former warden Archie Kline has said that the jail holds an average of 150 gang members out of nearly 800 inmates. Unlike other jails, the Mercer County Correction Center does not separate gangs inside the prison walls. The new warden is pushing to move state inmates out of the county facility as fast as possible to help shrink the population.