Corrections officer describes Delaney Hall dangers

TRENTON – On a scale of 1 to 10, a corrections officer who worked at Delaney Hall said he would give a 1 on the level of restrictiveness at the halfway house.

That was the assessment of veteran corrections officer Thaddeaus Caldwell, who worked at Delaney Hall for six months in 2009.  He made his remarks today during an Assembly committee hearing into halfway house problems in New Jersey, including escapes and assaults.

He said that while Delaney Hall was run like a jail, “there was no infrastructure in place.”

He said there is always an element of violence, but the hall seemed ill-equipped to handle this.

It was one of the reasons he left.

“I was concerned for everybody’s safety,” said Caldwell, who now works as an investigator for Hudson County Corrections. “I was never more concerned for my safety.”

Earlier story:

Assembly panel takes up halfway house problems

 

Corrections officer describes Delaney Hall dangers