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A New Jersey assault charge can be brought on when one person threatens to inflict bodily harm or physically harms another person without their consent. Many times, assailants are people that the victims know such as a spouse, friend or family member. In other cases, the offender may choose a victim at random as can be the case in robberies or theft.

There are many different types of assault, all of which can leave the victim with emotional and oftentimes physical scars. The following are the three most common types of assault:

  1. Verbal Assault – Threats of bodily harm or injury. A person does not have to actually touch another person in order to verbally assault them. If the victim feels threatened or as though harm may come to them if they don’t follow what the assailant says, this is considered verbal assault.

A court-appointed fact finder has determined that officials from the New Jersey Department of Corrections are responsible for the abuse of nearly two dozen Bayside State Prison inmates which occurred in 1997. The opinion is significant in that it means that the state of New Jersey will be accountable for monetary damages awarded to the inmates.

The abuse claims originally arose during a month long lockdown of the medium security prison in 1997 following the stabbing of a guard by an inmate. According to the a Philadelphia Inquirer story, during the lockdown, inmates were prohibited from receiving visitors, were confined to their cells and were routinely interrogated and searched by a Special Operations Group (SOG) dressed in riot gear and armed with batons and mace. After the lockdown was over, numerous inmates reported instances of abuse to the Department of Corrections. Inmates reported being beaten, dragged, threatened by attack dogs and forced to sit in handcuffs for hours.

In a March 29 opinion handed down by former U.S. District Chief Judge John W. Bissel, it was held that the lockdown was “not in itself improper” but rather in its design and execution it violated the inmates’ Eight Amendment rights. Corrections Commissioner William Fauver, Former Deputy Commissioner Gary Hilton and Scott Faunce, former administrator at Bayside, were each held to bear “supervisory liability” for all proven cases of abuse arising from the lockdown.
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