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Centre Keeper Jacob Grandine Van Houten | New Jersey Department of Corrections, New Jersey New Jersey Department of Corrections, New Jersey

Centre Keeper

Jacob Grandine Van Houten

New Jersey Department of Corrections, New Jersey

End of Watch: Tuesday, April 14, 1896

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 81

Tour: 40 years

Badge # Not available

Cause: Assault

Incident Date: 2/1/1895

Weapon: Person

Offender: Not available

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Centre Keeper Jacob Van Houten succumbed to injuries sustained one year earlier when he was assaulted by an inmate in the Center Rotunda at the New Jersey State Prison in Trenton.

Keeper Van Houten was conducting a disciplinary hearing for the inmate when the man attacked him, knocking him down and fracturing his hip. His condition continued to deteriorate and he eventually died as a result the following year.

Centre Keeper Van Houten had served with the New Jersey Department of Corrections for 40 years and was the agency's oldest serving officer at the time of his assault. He was survived by his wife.

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Keeper Van Houten,
On today, the the 121st anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of the state of New Jersey. There is no tougher job in Law Enforcement than that of a Corrections Officer.


United States Border Patrol
April 14, 2017


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