I've definitely heard of Rahway, as I'm sure you've heard of us.
Welcome brother! I consider it sort of a badge of honor to have worked in some of the most famous prisons in the world - Green Haven, Sing Sing, and now Attica. Enjoy your retirement.
Attica, our brother in disaster. You getting the news coverage kept the media eye off the riot we were having at Rahway. Unfortunately, yours ended up a lot worse than ours, but the end to your riot is probably what convinced ours to finally surrender just as the troopers were walking in.
Our last active duty cop from the riot, the guy that was saved by Reuben "Hurricane" Carter by locking him in the Officers bathroom in 3-wing, just retired a tad over a year ago. He had left, pulled his pension, got on Newark PD under the CETA program. Surprised when Newark didn't hire those guys after CETA ended, he came back to Rahway as a "rookie" again in '85.
We used to kid him by calling him, "Tony, 20 in 20 to go, the Cop".
Tough nut. An ex-Marine, I went into combat with him a lot of times over the years. He did 22 of his 25 years on the floor squad, retiring at 64.
He's now a homestead farmer up there in NY now. Probably freezing his gonads off tonight, too.