Former Prison Employee Jailed For Bring Drugs Into Facility

NEW BRUNSWICK — A former employee at East Jersey State Prison has been sentenced to serve a four-year prison term for having sexual contact with an inmate and bringing drugs into the prison, Middlesex County Prosecutor Bruce J. Kaplan announced today.

Joy R. Black, 33, of Irvington also was fined $2,500 and will lose her driver’s license for six months after she serves her prison term. She also forfeited her job at East Jersey State Prison as a teacher’s assistant and will never again hold a public job.


Superior Court Judge Joseph Paone credited the defendant with already serving 229 days she has spent in custody since her arrest. The judge imposed the sentence on Feb. 14, during a hearing at the Middlesex County Courthouse in New Brunswick.

Black was sentenced after she pleaded guilty on Dec. 21, 2010, to charges of criminal sexual contact and distribution of cocaine and marijuana at the prison between November 2009 and June 2010.

The guilty pleas were entered following an agreement reached with Middlesex County Assistant Prosecutor Brian D. Gillet.

Black was arrested at the prison on June 30, 2010, and was charged following an investigation by Lt. Randi Colatrella and Investigator Melissa Terpanick of the Middlesex County Prosecutor’s Office and Senior Investigator Chris Birardi and Senior Investigator Kevin Koch of the Special Investigations Unit of East Jersey State Prison.

The prison is located in the Avenel section of Woodbridge. Black had worked there from June 12, 2004, until she was arrested and charged.

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