This is a press release from Essex County. Press releases are official statements that have not been independently verified.

The Essex County Correctional Facility Civilian Task Force will host a virtual public meeting on Saturday, June 12th to discuss women’s health programs and the grievance procedure at the Essex County Correctional Facility.

The meeting will be held as follows:

Date: Saturday, June 12, 2021
Time: 10 a.m. to 12 Noon

At a later time, a video will be posted on YouTube at

Written remarks about women’s health programs and the grievance procedure, as well as any previous topics discussed by the Task Force at previous meetings, may be submitted by email. Questions may also be submitted by email and may be addressed during the hearing. All submissions may be shared with the County and Essex County Correctional Facility administrators; please mark the statements as “confidential” if you wish them to remain private to the Task Force.

“We want to make sure that everyone housed in the Essex County Correctional Facility has access to first-class health care and is treated fairly and justly. We appreciate members of the public sharing their experiences and the County and jail administrators for their cooperation,” Task Force Chairman and Former Governor Jim McGreevey said.

This is the fifth public meeting scheduled by the Civilian Task Force. The previous four meetings focused on the medical services and mental health services provided at the ECCF and the experiences shared by former residents of their facility, their family members or representatives.

Those wishing to contact the Civilian Task Force, submit a complaint or want more information about the public meeting should e-mail to [email protected] or call 973 877-8037. For more information about the Task Force, visit and click on the link for the “Civilian Task Force.”

The intent of the nine-member task force is to provide “transparency and accountability” of the ECCF staff, to protect the “lives, health, safety and rights of all people confined at the ECCF” and ensure the “conditions of their confinement are safe, sanitary, respectful and humane,” according to language in the ordinance. It will act independently of County government and have the authority to inspect the ECCF, interview corrections officers, inmates, detainees, and review systematic issues and concerns.

Members of the Task Force were nominated by Essex County Executive Joseph N. DiVincenzo, Jr. and appointed by the Board of Chosen Freeholders in June 2020 through an established advice and consent procedure that is used to fill vacancies on all county boards and commissions.