Broken bones and bloodied inmates: The inside story of a night of violence at NJ's women’s prison
The attorney general announced charges Thursday against Edna Mahan corrections officer Luis Garcia, Sgt. Amir Bethea and Sgt. Anthony Valvano.

The officers wore riot gear and carried shields and canisters of pepper spray, according to inmates and prosecutors. They moved from cell to cell in formations of five down the long hallway of a special housing unit at New Jersey’s only women’s prison. They were there for a series of “cell extractions,” what normally are routine removals of unruly inmates as officers search for contraband. Prisoners called it a planned attack. “They were armored up because they knew what they were coming to do,” said inmate Ajila Nelson, who said she was groped and assaulted. “We were beat severely,” said Desi...