New Jersey Department of Corrections

New Jersey Department of Corrections The New Jersey Department of Corrections houses approximately 20,000 inmates in minimum, medium, and maximum security levels across 13 institutions.

Flu season is upon us. It is important to take personal hygiene steps to help prevent the spread of the flu virus. This ...
11/18/2021

Flu season is upon us. It is important to take personal hygiene steps to help prevent the spread of the flu virus. This includes washing your hands regularly for at least 20 seconds, avoiding contact with those who are sick, and covering your mouth and nose when sneezing.

Flu season is upon us. It is important to take personal hygiene steps to help prevent the spread of the flu virus. This includes washing your hands regularly for at least 20 seconds, avoiding contact with those who are sick, and covering your mouth and nose when sneezing.

Throughout October and November, the Workforce Wellness Committee hosted a series of su***de prevention awareness walks ...
11/17/2021

Throughout October and November, the Workforce Wellness Committee hosted a series of su***de prevention awareness walks across NJDOC facilities to raise awareness for the cause and provide resources to staff. Below are some photos to recap these events featuring Central Office Headquarters, Mid-State Correctional Facility, Edna Mahan Correctional Facility, East Jersey State Prison. Northern State Prison, and South Woods State Prison.

11/17/2021

As part of ongoing efforts to offer healthful resources to staff, NJDOC’s Workforce Wellness Committee is launching a series of “wellness rooms” across the Department’s footprint to ensure all facilities have an area where staff can decompress and reset following incidents. Staff interested in obtaining additional information on these rooms can contact their site wellness team member or facility Administrator. #WellnessWednesday

Staff, it’s the NJECC’s Housing & Shelter Week! As many as 567,715 Americans are homeless on a typical night. 30% of tho...
11/16/2021

Staff, it’s the NJECC’s Housing & Shelter Week! As many as 567,715 Americans are homeless on a typical night. 30% of those are people in families with children; 17% are chronically homeless individuals who are disabled and have experienced long-term and/or repeated episodes of homelessness; and 7% are Veterans. Unemployment, household assets, health conditions and disabilities, and race and demographics are all contributing factors that make it difficult to obtain shelter and housing. While a lot of progress has been made in the last decade, the current COVID-19 crisis has the potential to diminish or completely wipe out these modest gains. If you care about helping end homelessness, donate today by visiting the NJECC donation portal at www.charities.org/NJECC.

Staff, it’s the NJECC’s Housing & Shelter Week! As many as 567,715 Americans are homeless on a typical night. 30% of those are people in families with children; 17% are chronically homeless individuals who are disabled and have experienced long-term and/or repeated episodes of homelessness; and 7% are Veterans. Unemployment, household assets, health conditions and disabilities, and race and demographics are all contributing factors that make it difficult to obtain shelter and housing. While a lot of progress has been made in the last decade, the current COVID-19 crisis has the potential to diminish or completely wipe out these modest gains. If you care about helping end homelessness, donate today by visiting the NJECC donation portal at www.charities.org/NJECC.

NJDOC teams work diligently to ensure the safety of its facilities. We recognize the efforts of Senior Correctional Poli...
11/15/2021

NJDOC teams work diligently to ensure the safety of its facilities. We recognize the efforts of Senior Correctional Police Officer Geraci and Senior Correctional Police Officer Lukaszewski for their work in intercepting illegal contraband smuggled into the facility. These officers’ vigilance help make the Department #NJDOCStrong.

NJDOC teams work diligently to ensure the safety of its facilities. We recognize the efforts of Senior Correctional Police Officer Geraci and Senior Correctional Police Officer Lukaszewski for their work in intercepting illegal contraband smuggled into the facility. These officers’ vigilance help make the Department #NJDOCStrong.

To raise awareness on su***de prevention, the Department’s Workforce Wellness Committees facilitated opportunities for e...
11/12/2021

To raise awareness on su***de prevention, the Department’s Workforce Wellness Committees facilitated opportunities for employees to participate in su***de prevention walks across the state. Here are some photos of team Garden State Youth Correctional Facility.

On Veterans Day, we reflect on the tremendous efforts of our servicemen and women who selflessly safeguard our civil lib...
11/11/2021

On Veterans Day, we reflect on the tremendous efforts of our servicemen and women who selflessly safeguard our civil liberties through the country’s highest form of service both in the US and abroad. We are especially grateful to those veterans who, in a continued commitment to public service, chose to share their skills with us, ensuring individuals' safety behind the walls and in the greater New Jersey community. We thank you for your service. The NJDOC proudly hosted a series of events to honor these heroes. Below is a recap of some of those activities.

Happy Birthday to the United States Marine Corps. We are proud to have members of the USMC amongst our ranks. Thank you ...
11/10/2021

Happy Birthday to the United States Marine Corps. We are proud to have members of the USMC amongst our ranks. Thank you for your sacrifice and service to our nation. #SemperFi

Happy Birthday to the United States Marine Corps. We are proud to have members of the USMC amongst our ranks. Thank you for your sacrifice and service to our nation. #SemperFi

Expressing gratitude has various health benefits, and amongst the most deserving of our collective gratitude are our Vet...
11/10/2021

Expressing gratitude has various health benefits, and amongst the most deserving of our collective gratitude are our Veterans. In honor of Veteran’s Day, the Wellness Committee established a letter-writing campaign where the staff sent a note of appreciation to active and retired servicemen and women. #WellnessWednesday

Expressing gratitude has various health benefits, and amongst the most deserving of our collective gratitude are our Veterans. In honor of Veteran’s Day, the Wellness Committee established a letter-writing campaign where the staff sent a note of appreciation to active and retired servicemen and women. #WellnessWednesday

Congratulations to South Woods State Prison and its healthcare provider Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences for being...
11/09/2021

Congratulations to South Woods State Prison and its healthcare provider Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences for being awarded the prestigious National Commission on Correctional Health Care (NCCHC) R. Scott Chavez Facility of the Year Award for delivering efficient and effective healthcare solutions. John Powell, the Administrator at the time of the facility review and subsequent awarding, represented the Department at the awards ceremony. Check the link to the press release to learn more about this tremendous honor and join the Department in congratulating the team photographed below.https://njdoc.gov/pdf/PressRelease_PS/211104_SouthWoodsFacilityoftheYearfinal.pdf

Recently, the NJDOC’s Special Operations Group (SOG) K9 unit partnered with the Lyndhurst police department to present a...
11/08/2021

Recently, the NJDOC’s Special Operations Group (SOG) K9 unit partnered with the Lyndhurst police department to present a demonstration for students at Lyndhurst High School. Select students there have expressed an interest in criminal justice and the demo was meant to inform and inspire. Below are some pictures from the event.

It’s the NJECC’s Veterans & Military Week! Support veterans, military, and their families through the New Jersey Employe...
11/08/2021

It’s the NJECC’s Veterans & Military Week! Support veterans, military, and their families through the New Jersey Employees Charitable Campaign and show that #NewJerseyGives by making your pledge today at charities.org/NJECC.

It’s the NJECC’s Veterans & Military Week! Support veterans, military, and their families through the New Jersey Employees Charitable Campaign and show that #NewJerseyGives by making your pledge today at charities.org/NJECC.

11/05/2021

Thank you to the Cathedral Basilica of the Sacred Heart in Newark for hosting a beautiful Blue Mass honoring law enforcement officials for their dedication, service, and sacrifice made. Below is a video recap of the event that included over 100 law enforcement professionals from across the garden state. Among the attendees were various extensions of the NJDOC, including but not limited to the Department’s academy class, color, and honor guards.

In an unprecedented move to expand support of reentry services for individuals exiting the state’s correctional system, ...
11/05/2021

In an unprecedented move to expand support of reentry services for individuals exiting the state’s correctional system, the New Jersey Department of Corrections is launching the New Jersey Locally Empowered, Accountable and Determined (NJ LEAD) $3M grant. For more information on the grant and how to apply check out the press release. https://www.state.nj.us/corrections/pdf/PressRelease_PS/211029_NJDOCLaunches3MReentryGrant.pdf

In an unprecedented move to expand support of reentry services for individuals exiting the state’s correctional system, the New Jersey Department of Corrections is launching the New Jersey Locally Empowered, Accountable and Determined (NJ LEAD) $3M grant. For more information on the grant and how to apply check out the press release. https://www.state.nj.us/corrections/pdf/PressRelease_PS/211029_NJDOCLaunches3MReentryGrant.pdf

Staff, it’s the NJECC’s Education & Training Week! Your New Jersey Employee's Charitable Campaign gift supports learning...
11/04/2021

Staff, it’s the NJECC’s Education & Training Week! Your New Jersey Employee's Charitable Campaign gift supports learning and life skills in and out of the classroom. Help increase access to youth development education and adult training programs by donating at charities.org/NJECC #NewJerseyGives

Staff, it’s the NJECC’s Education & Training Week! Your New Jersey Employee's Charitable Campaign gift supports learning and life skills in and out of the classroom. Help increase access to youth development education and adult training programs by donating at charities.org/NJECC #NewJerseyGives

Free COVID-19 vaccinations are still being offered to NJDOC staff and incarcerated individuals. Those who are interested...
11/03/2021

Free COVID-19 vaccinations are still being offered to NJDOC staff and incarcerated individuals. Those who are interested should contact the medical health care provider at their respective institution.

Free COVID-19 vaccinations are still being offered to NJDOC staff and incarcerated individuals. Those who are interested should contact the medical health care provider at their respective institution.

November is Native American Heritage Month. We pay homage to those who occupied these lands long before us and honor the...
11/01/2021

November is Native American Heritage Month. We pay homage to those who occupied these lands long before us and honor the rich contributions of the Native people across our state and amongst our ranks. Diversity is what makes us #NJDOCStrong.

November is Native American Heritage Month. We pay homage to those who occupied these lands long before us and honor the rich contributions of the Native people across our state and amongst our ranks. Diversity is what makes us #NJDOCStrong.

October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month and Breast Cancer Awareness Month. The Department held various activities t...
10/29/2021

October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month and Breast Cancer Awareness Month. The Department held various activities to raise awareness on these important causes, while demonstrating their support for the impacted. #DomesticViolenceAwarenessMonth #BreastCancerAwarenessMonth

Both custody and civilian staff play key roles that together make the Department #NJDOCStrong. Antoinette Minors-Ferguso...
10/29/2021

Both custody and civilian staff play key roles that together make the Department #NJDOCStrong. Antoinette Minors-Ferguson, who now serves as the new COHQ Wellness Sub-Committee Chair, has been an asset in implementing wellness initiatives for staff. She creates healthful newsletters and diligently coordinates wellness activities such as health fairs and the emotional support dog, Allie. Additionally, through active recruitment, she was able to pull together a diverse team of individuals to join the Workforce Wellness Committee, helping inform the Department’s wellness strategy.

Both custody and civilian staff play key roles that together make the Department #NJDOCStrong. Antoinette Minors-Ferguson, who now serves as the new COHQ Wellness Sub-Committee Chair, has been an asset in implementing wellness initiatives for staff. She creates healthful newsletters and diligently coordinates wellness activities such as health fairs and the emotional support dog, Allie. Additionally, through active recruitment, she was able to pull together a diverse team of individuals to join the Workforce Wellness Committee, helping inform the Department’s wellness strategy.

Members of the #NJDOCStrong team are trained to assist in a number of life-saving situations. NJDOC’s Special Operations...
10/29/2021

Members of the #NJDOCStrong team are trained to assist in a number of life-saving situations. NJDOC’s Special Operations Group (SOG) Officers McCoy and Jackson, with the support of their K9 Wentz, tracked the scent of a missing child in Burlington County, leading to a safe recovery. Way to go team! You are what makes us #NJDOCStrong. Pictured below are Senior Correctional Police Officer McCoy and Bloodhound Wentz.

Members of the #NJDOCStrong team are trained to assist in a number of life-saving situations. NJDOC’s Special Operations Group (SOG) Officers McCoy and Jackson, with the support of their K9 Wentz, tracked the scent of a missing child in Burlington County, leading to a safe recovery. Way to go team! You are what makes us #NJDOCStrong. Pictured below are Senior Correctional Police Officer McCoy and Bloodhound Wentz.

In case you missed it:  As part of NJDOC’s ongoing commitment to providing seamless reintegration services to those near...
10/28/2021

In case you missed it: As part of NJDOC’s ongoing commitment to providing seamless reintegration services to those nearing release, the Department announced a partnership with the New Jersey Reentry Corporation to provide Health Navigation services connecting justice-involved women to community health practitioners. The partnership includes critical follow-up support to reassess needs post-release, providing a continuum of assistance. Click on the link to learn more.https://njdoc.gov/pdf/PressRelease_PS/211027_NJDOCLaunchesHealthFocusedReentry.pdf

In case you missed it: As part of NJDOC’s ongoing commitment to providing seamless reintegration services to those nearing release, the Department announced a partnership with the New Jersey Reentry Corporation to provide Health Navigation services connecting justice-involved women to community health practitioners. The partnership includes critical follow-up support to reassess needs post-release, providing a continuum of assistance. Click on the link to learn more.https://njdoc.gov/pdf/PressRelease_PS/211027_NJDOCLaunchesHealthFocusedReentry.pdf

Thank you to New Jersey Reentry Corporation for convening thought leaders to discuss the importance of sound expungement...
10/27/2021

Thank you to New Jersey Reentry Corporation for convening thought leaders to discuss the importance of sound expungement practices. NJDOC's Deputy Commissioner Shimonis-Kaminski joined the distinguished panel sharing the Department's best practices in connecting justice-involved individuals to legal services to assist with expungement processes. She also announced plans to host expungement workshops for those nearing release. The workshops intend to provide additional critical education on the evolving expungement process as part of the Department's ongoing commitment to support seamless reintegration into society, strengthening individuals' reentry journey and the communities to which they will return. To learn more, visit NJRC’s page for a stream of the conference. https://www.facebook.com/NJReentry

This week is Spiritual Care Week. The Department would like to thank the Chaplains who have played an integral role in p...
10/27/2021

This week is Spiritual Care Week. The Department would like to thank the Chaplains who have played an integral role in providing advice, comfort, counsel, and referrals to NJDOC staff members, their families, and incarcerated individuals.

This week is Spiritual Care Week. The Department would like to thank the Chaplains who have played an integral role in providing advice, comfort, counsel, and referrals to NJDOC staff members, their families, and incarcerated individuals.

Staff, this week is the New Jersey Employees Charitable Campaign’s Health & Medical Research Week. Health and research e...
10/26/2021

Staff, this week is the New Jersey Employees Charitable Campaign’s Health & Medical Research Week. Health and research encompass a wide range of issues such as providing health care, conducting research to discover new treatments and cures, and advocating for regulations and policies that address healthcare challenges and needs. NJECC charities are working hard to find cures for cancer or aging illnesses, prevent the spread of diseases, deliver quality health care, and so much more. If you care about advancing medical research and increasing access to health care services and information, visit the NJECC donation portal at www.charities.org/NJECC where you can donate to this cause.

Staff, this week is the New Jersey Employees Charitable Campaign’s Health & Medical Research Week. Health and research encompass a wide range of issues such as providing health care, conducting research to discover new treatments and cures, and advocating for regulations and policies that address healthcare challenges and needs. NJECC charities are working hard to find cures for cancer or aging illnesses, prevent the spread of diseases, deliver quality health care, and so much more. If you care about advancing medical research and increasing access to health care services and information, visit the NJECC donation portal at www.charities.org/NJECC where you can donate to this cause.

Passing along information from our friends at the NJBPU -- Are you a New Jersey resident who has struggled to pay their ...
10/22/2021

Passing along information from our friends at the NJBPU -- Are you a New Jersey resident who has struggled to pay their utility bills throughout the pandemic? The New Jersey Board of Public Utilities (NJBPU) is providing several energy debt forgiveness programs that can help NJ residents who are behind on their utility bills before the utilities shut off period on December 31, 2021. Learn more here: https://www.nj.gov/bpu/newsroom/2021/approved/20211019.html

Passing along information from our friends at the NJBPU -- Are you a New Jersey resident who has struggled to pay their utility bills throughout the pandemic? The New Jersey Board of Public Utilities (NJBPU) is providing several energy debt forgiveness programs that can help NJ residents who are behind on their utility bills before the utilities shut off period on December 31, 2021. Learn more here: https://www.nj.gov/bpu/newsroom/2021/approved/20211019.html

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We sincerely value the sacrifices of our military veterans & active service members. We can never fully repay our gratitude, but we are working hard to make life easier for veterans & active service members. Check out the many benefits and resources provided by Treasury & many other State of New Jersey departments: https://www.nj.gov/treasury/military-resources.shtml New Jersey Department of Military and Veterans Affairs, New Jersey Department of Education , NJ TRANSIT , New Jersey Housing and Mortgage Finance Agency, NJ Civil Service Commission, New Jersey Department of Corrections, New Jersey Department of Agriculture, NJ Department of Human Services, HESAA, New Jersey Higher Education Student Assistance Authority
FACEBOOK POSTS MATERIAL FOR USE IN NOMW CONSIDER USING THIS INFORMATION AS QUOTES (WITH PERMISSION), ON THE BACK COVER OF NOMW AS TESTIMONIALS I’m looking for information about violent incidents at Rahway State Prison from late 1979 until 1985. Richard Gilgallon, a Rahway SCO back then, graciously shared information with me. I’m looking for help. If anyone worked during that era, I’d appreciate an email message outlining what you recall. Address your email to [email protected]. Thank you, Bob Hatrak . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9/23/21 From Richard Gilgallon Admin Dinosaurs of DOC Private group · 132 members . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Link to Richard’s page DINOSAURS OF DOC FACEBOOK PAGE . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . RICHARD GILGALLON was a correction officer at the Rahway State Prison during the Warden Bob Hatrak Era—1973-1979. I remember him well. I signed his initial identification card. In September 2021, I asked Richard to help me document incidents of violence that occurred from May 1979 and into the early 80s. The reason for my request was to compare the differences between the number of disciplinary reports written and the number of violent incidents. During the 1973-1979 era, the number of disciplinary reports written decreased steadily until, in 1979, we discovered there was a 59% decrease. During that same era, I calculated a 64% decrease in incidents of violence. I attribute these significant decreases to an excellent group of correction officer and their supervisors. Chief deputy Jim Ucci led these hard-working troops. Captain Richie Curran played a significant role, too. Rich led the violence control unit. His unit received praise in a State Commission of Investigation report to the Governor (April 1976). Below is the feedback I received from Richard Gilgallon. The events he cites were not in evidence during 1973-1979. Richard’s feedback below is hyperlinked to his page. Click anywhere in the narrative to access his page. "Bob Hatrak, one incident I was involved in I was inside the mess hall I saw an inmate come behind a seated inmate and (from my view) punched him in his head. I grabbed the inmate by to pull him away. As he turned, I spotted the half pair of clothing shears in his other hand. Luckily Bullet Johnson was there to get his other arm." "Bob Hatrak, I left in 1986 to make Lt. But there were videos of incidents that were shown in training classes. They built a catwalk above the mess hall and removed the officers from inside. One officer films and hits riot bell if an incident occurs. The officers must suit up and go to the mess hall. One incident that occurred was an inmate hit another inmate from behind knocking him out. After this he dragged him and violently broke his back. The dragged him t behind knocking him out. After this he dragged him and violently broke his back. The dragged him to the hot coffee urn and turned the coffee onto him. There were other incidents but none as violent as that one. Many of the veteran officers were not in favor of taking officers out. There were other incidents but none as violent as that one. Many of the veteran officers were not in favor of this. Out." In early 80s, an inmate cut Officer Colello’s throat with a piece of a tv antenna. At the entrance to the mess hall. Luckily, he survived. His reason was the officer confiscated a cigarette lighter. Can’t talk about Rahway without mentioning those fires in 1 wing. An inmate (can’t remember his name) took gasoline from the auto repair shop and set cells on fire. One was so intense the entire jail was evacuated to the yard. In fact, during this I came in from returning inmates from school release. I went to 4 up and found several inmates sleeping through. I was able to get them out to the yard. You gave me this commendation which hangs proudly in my man cave. “One of my favorite stories to tell is when there was only one phone for inmates on the STAR. Their call was monitored by the front door officer, who listened in. Then, after 10 minutes, he’d throw the switch and cut them off.” “If you remember, that led to Wilbur Fedd climbing the outer bars to the top of 4 up and started throwing bricks down at Sgt. Michaels. They finally got him down by going to Newark getting his mother to coax him down.”
Before October 2021 Police Weekend 33rd Candlelight Vigil on the National Mall along Madison Drive between 9th and 12th Street, NW, Washington DC on Thursday evening, 14 October 2021 by Elvert Barnes Photography NEW JERSEY DEPARTMENT OF CORRECTIONS
THE MEDIA REMEMBERS A 1978 RAHWAY STATE PRISON PROGRAM Real Combat Media Historical Boxing Media – 2018 A Tribute To James Scott, Light Heavyweight Who Called Himself Superman https://realcombatmedia.com/2018/05/56775/ *** “Do you not know that a man is not dead while his name is still spoken?” ―Terry Pratchett, Going Postal The success of Rahway Prison’s unique and nationally celebrated Boxing Trades Vocational Training Program during warden Bob Hatrak’s era (1973-1979) is due to the tireless efforts of the facility’s security staff: From the Chief Deputy down to the correction officers. *** Rahway Prison’s outstanding Chief Deputy, Jim Ucci, is a man I valued as an excellent security strategist. Jim designed, implemented, and oversaw the complex nationally televised fight night procedures that were flawless (not one single hick cup in seven nationally televised fights. Correction supervisors and corrections officers executed the procedures to perfection. The work performed by these men received considerable praise from the likes of HBO, the New York Times, and the Philadelphia Inquirer. *** The Chief Deputy’s procedures and the work of the security staff were tested on the night of our first nationally televised fight on HBO (October 12, 1978). *** Before the first-ever nationally-televised boxing event from Rahway Prison, HBO executive Tim Braine, in a pre-fight interview, paid Chief Deputy Ucci, the correction officer supervisors, and correction officers the following compliment: “The Warden was a pretty progressive guy, but [sic, the security staff is very] they’re meticulous in maximum security.” Processing national television and print media in and out of a maximum-security prison, carrying a million dollars worth of complicated equipment was not easy to do. They brought with them many supplies and sophisticated equipment (ladders, cords, tools, briefcases, typewriters, and other necessities, for use to telecast and report on an event to national viewing and reading audiences is not accomplished easily. Our correction officers viewed their work as a “piece of cake”, and they executed their duties to perfection. *** It was extraordinary (and probably never done before) to process and accommodate 500 paying ticket holders from the outside community into and out of a major, and notorious for its violence, maximum-security prison to watch a nationally televised fight live from Rahway. That is the first time this was done in an American prison. *** Similarly, while ticket holders were processed in and out of the prison, some 1,000 prison inmates were moved to and from the drill hall (a gym), where they watched the fight on two large video screens. On the first of seven nationally televised fights Marv Albert, the voice of the New York Knicks, watched from the drill hall as well. *** Click on the link below to watch Rahway inmate James Scott defeat Eddie “The Flame” Gregory billed as “The Battle For Survival. On the night of the fight, Gregory was the WBAs number one ranked light heavyweight. Inmate challenger James Scott was unranked. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iZARVftiSGY&t=8s Sports Illustrated writer Pat Putnam covered the fight. His published story can be accessed using this link: https://vault.si.com/vault/1978/10/23/slambang-win-in-the-slammer-eddie-gregory-was-the-no-1-contender-until-he-met-up-with-inmate-no-57735 *** A Western Cape South Africa prison offers a boxing program that mirrors Rahway’s 1978 version. “Inmates are often left at a crossroads when they reach the end of their sentence. Their major choice as they walk out of the prison's front gate is to change their lives for the better or continue with the life of crime. The Western Cape Sports Recreation Arts and Culture department hopes to change their mindset.” Watch a video showcasing one Western Cape South Africa prison. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y_5yDclvB0A *** The Hall of Fame table (pictured below) contains the names of the people I’ve included in a Rahway Boxing Trades Vocational Training Program Hall of Fame. Each one of them provided invaluable assistance, support, and guidance to lead Rahway’s Boxing Trades School to national acclaim. Inadvertently I left program volunteer, and my friend, Doctor Ferdie Pacheco from the Hall of Fame list. Ferdie was Muhammad Ali’s fight doctor. On at least ten occasions, Ferdie flew up from Miami to New Jersey to provide volunteer services to the men in the program and serve as James Scott’s fight doctor. Ferdie worked Scott’s corner each time he fought. One day Ferdie visited me in my office at Rahway. Before he left, he said: “Warden, you need to know that the prison’s name should be changed to Rahway Prison: ‘The Boxing Trades University’” *** Was the first-ever prison boxing trades school successful? Consider this: 1. The New Jersey Boxing Hall Of Fame inducted three students into their Hall of Fame. 2. Boxing Commissioner “Jersey Joe” Walcott licensed a student as a referee. He was the first inmate ever to be licensed as a referee. 3. Two students were certified as cornermen. 4. Student Dwight Braxton, later known as Dwight Qawi Muhammad, while on parole, captured both the light-heavyweight and cruiserweight world championships. Dwight was voted into the Boxing Hall of Fame. *** PICTURES 1. Bob Hatrak 2. Jim Ucci 3. October 12, 1978 – Battle For Survival Poster 4. Boxing School Hall of Fame 5. Western Cape South Africa Palsmoor Prison’s Entry