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Corrections Officer Frederick W. Baker | New Jersey Department of Corrections, New Jersey New Jersey Department of Corrections, New Jersey

Corrections Officer

Frederick W. Baker

New Jersey Department of Corrections, New Jersey

End of Watch: Wednesday, July 30, 1997

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 35

Tour: 10 years

Badge # L-425

Cause: Stabbed

Weapon: Edged weapon; Knife

Offender: Sentenced to life

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Corrections Officer Frederick Baker was killed when he was stabbed in the back by an inmate at the Bayside State Prison in Leesburg. Officer Baker was working alone in a cell block area when he asked an inmate to move his belongings to another cell block. The inmate attacked and stabbed Officer Baker after he made the request.

The inmate, who had been serving a 10-to-20-year sentence for aggravated assault, was convicted of murder and sentenced to life without parole.

After Officer Baker's murder, the governor immediately placed an order for knife-resistant vests for every New Jersey Department of Corrections officer.

Officer Baker had served with the New Jersey Department of Corrections for 10years. He is survived by his wife, two children, parents, and two sisters.

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Fred's murder resulted in a 30 day lockdown,I believe it was the longest in the history of the NJDOC.Emotions ran high on both sides,sadness,fear etc.So many people both custody,civilians and I/M's stepped up in a very difficult time.Fred will never be forgotten by those who knew and worked with him,many still gather on the anniversary of his death to celebrate his life.RIP SCO Fred Baker.

Captain R,Bruce Land (Ret).
Bayside/Southwoods NJDOC
March 26, 2015


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