Inmate who escaped New Jersey prison back in custody

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Edna Mahan Correctional Facility for Women

A fence surrounds the grounds of the Edna Mahan Correctional Facility for Women in Clinton, New Jersey on June 8, 2021. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig, File)

CLINTON, N.J. (AP) — An inmate who escaped from New Jersey’s Edna Mahan Correctional Facility for Women was back in custody Sunday night.

Clinton police apprehended Jessica Graham, 40, several hours after she was reported missing from the Hunterdon County prison’s minimum security unit, police said.

The minimum security unit houses inmates with no history of violence within the prison and who are nearing eligibility for release.

Graham was last seen on Interstate 78, about a mile north of the prison, the Hunterdon County Prosecutor’s Office said.

Graham was serving a five-year sentence for criminal mischief. She would have become eligble for parole in February and was slated for release in September 2024, officials said.

The Edna Mahan prison has recently drawn scrutiny after several guards were accused of sexually assaulting and abusing inmates.

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