Acting Attorney General Matthew J. Platkin announced that an inactive correctional police officer for the New Jersey Juvenile Justice Commission (JJC) pleaded guilty today to a criminal charge for using unjustified force and breaking the wrist of a male resident at the JJC Juvenile Medium Security Facility in Bordentown.
According to Acting Attorney General Platkin, Lt. Edward Day, 52, of Paulsboro—who worked as a correctional police officer at the JJC Juvenile Medium Security Facility but who currently is inactive and pending retirement—pleaded guilty today to an accusation charging him with third-degree aggravated assault before Superior Court Judge Philip Haines in Burlington County.
Acting Attorney General Platkin said that under the plea agreement, the state will recommend that Day be sentenced to a term of probation conditioned upon him serving up to 364 days in the county jail.
He must forfeit his state position and will be permanently barred from public office or employment. Sentencing for Day is scheduled for April 13.
According to Acting Attorney General Platkin, Day was charged as the result of an investigation by the Office of Public Integrity and Accountability (OPIA) Corruption Bureau and JJC’s Office of Investigations.
“This guilty plea reflects our resolve to hold law enforcement officers accountable if they use unjustified and excessive force against civilians,” said Acting Attorney General Platkin.
“No one is above the law, and all people are entitled to the law’s protections, including those in state custody.”
According to Acting Attorney General Platkin, on October 25, 2020, Lt. Day and other correctional police officers were escorting a 16-year-old juvenile resident from his room to another location in the facility, with his arms handcuffed behind his back, when Day, without apparent cause or justification, grabbed the victim’s ankle from behind, pulled his leg back, and pushed his face forward onto the ground.
Day then grabbed hold of the juvenile’s handcuffed wrists and twisted and broke one of them.