Ombudsman Dan DiBenedetti, who has announced his retirement from the position he has held for over a decade, was a top official in charge of oversight for New Jersey’s prison system. The announced resignation came a day after a legislative hearing into continued problems at the state’s only women’s correctional facility.
Lawmakers questioned what exactly his office did with its extensive powers, particularly following a violent January attack on female inmates at the Edna Mahan prison. DiBenedetti’s testimony revealed he carried out few inspections at the facilities and missed opportunities to hold the system accountable. A September report revealed his office received more than 300,000 inquiries and 50,000 grievances after those oversight powers were expanded.