New Jersey: Appointments to Advisory Board of OCO

New Jersey: Appointments to Advisory Board of OCO

Governor Murphy Announces Appointments to Advisory Board of the Office of the Corrections Ombudsperson

TRENTON  NJ (STL.News) Governor Phil Murphy announced the appointments of Tess Borden, Carolyn Chang, and former Superior Court Judge Edward Neafsey to the Advisory Board of the Office of the Corrections Ombudsperson.  The Advisory Board, which was established under the Dignity for Incarcerated Primary Caretaker Parents Act that Governor Murphy signed in January 2020, is responsible for advising the Office of the Corrections Ombudsperson.

“I am proud to appoint these exceptional individuals to the Advisory Board of the Office of the Corrections Ombudsperson,” said Governor Murphy.  “The Board’s work and oversight is critically important in ensuring that the state’s inmate population is treated with the humanity, respect, and dignity they deserve.  I am confident that these nominees will serve honorably and deliver recommendations for much needed reform in our state prisons.”

Tess Borden is a Staff Attorney at the ACLU-NJ, where she works on a range of civil rights and civil liberties issues.  Prior to joining the ACLU-NJ in 2017, Borden was the Aryeh Neier Fellow at the National ACLU and Human Rights Watch (HRW) and authored the 196-page ACLU/HRW report “Every 25 Seconds: The Human Toll of Criminalizing Drug Use in the United States.”  Borden has also worked for the United Nations Special Rapporteur on extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary executions, the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia in The Hague, Netherlands, and HRW’s West Africa Division in Dakar, Senegal, as well as spending time before law school as an immigration paralegal. 

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Author: Maryam Shah