Somehow I missed this one from the testimony of Department of Corrections Commissioner Gary Lanigan before the Senate Budget Committee last Thursday when asked about gang activity in NJ prisons:
“do we have a gang problem? Yes. Do we have a violence problem? Yes. Do we have a drug problem? Yes. That’s why these people are in jail! Are there gang members in prison? Absolutely yes, but are they in control of the prison? Absolutely not!”
Despite Lanigan’s statements to the contrary, a 2009 report from the State Commission of Investigation came out just a year ago called Gangland behind Bars talking about how and why gangs thrive in NJ prisons. He’s back up testifying on Monday before the Assembly Budget committee, so we’ll see what he has to say about the situation to them, as he’ll probably be asked more questions about this.