Hudson County Prosecutor’s Office investigates death at correctional center

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The Hudson County Prosecutor’s Office Homicide Unit and Internal Affairs Unit are investigating an inmate death at the Hudson County Correctional Center that occurred in the late evening of Monday, Jan.25.

According to the Hudson County Prosecutor’s Office, at approximately 10:45 p.m., corrections officers responded to the cell of Jason Sworn, 50, after his cellmate notified them that he had fallen out of bed and was complaining of chest pains.

The corrections officers attended to Sworn and attempted to perform CPR and used a defibrillator.

The nurses at the facility, as well as the EMTs from Newark Beth Israel Medical Center, also responded.

Sworn was pronounced dead at 11:37 p.m.

The HCPO is investigating the in-custody death, and the cause and manner of death are pending the findings of the Regional Medical Examiner.

As is standard protocol, the death was also reported to the Office of the Attorney General, Division of Criminal Justice.