Division of Operations
The objective of AgriIndustries is to provide various food and dairy items to governmental departments at a savings, while also offering inmates jobs and training that can be utilized upon their release. Products produced by AgriIndustries operations are purchased by the NJDOC and the Department of Human Services, the Department of Military and Veterans Affairs as well as the Juvenile Justice Commission.
AgriIndustries operates five dairy farms and satellite operations that produce crops to support the dairy herds and milk to meet the meal service needs of the NJDOC inmate population. The milk processing plants are located at Jones Farm and Bayside State Prison Farm as well as a dairy herd located at Mountainview Youth Correctional Facility Farm. The Knights Farm and Albert C. Wagner Youth Correctional Facility Farm have been consolidated into agricultural crops that support the dairy herd reducing the cost of feed.
AgriIndustries has meat and produce processing plants at South Woods State Prison. The meat plant produces an array of items, which include but are not limited to ground beef, hamburger patties, meat loaf, minute steaks, and poultry and pork products. The produce plant prepares packaged salads and process fruit and vegetables for the regional production kitchen at South Woods State Prison as components for daily meals. Also, through interaction with the Department of Agriculture on the Jersey Fresh program, AgriIndustries utilizes a waiver to purchase overproduced or undervalued products for institutional menus.
The various AgriIndustries farming and food production plants utilize and train about 120 inmates daily in all areas of milk and food production technology.
AgriIndustries is a self-supporting operation without appropriated funds. Annual revenues total approximately $11.6 million, with substantial savings to all users.
Capital Planning and Construction Unit
The Capital Planning and Construction Unit determines and accesses NJDOC priorities relating to capital construction projects. The unit is responsible for providing financial summaries for both capital and capital bond appropriations that identify the status of appropriations as they relate to the cost of individual capital projects and for providing the status of individual capital projects funded via capital appropriations, capital bond funds or institutional Direct State Services funding.
The unit also assists with the budget for presentation to the New Jersey Commission on Capital Budgeting and Planning, and reflects the new and/or additional funding needs of the department for capital projects. In addition, it also is responsible for prioritizing the capital needs for each of the correctional facilities.
The Capital Planning and Construction Unit also coordinates the Agency Consultant Program. This program was established by the Division of Property Management and Construction in the Department of Treasury to assist client agencies in the planning, design and administration of small construction projects, in developing scopes of work for major capital construction projects and in the investigation of infrastructure-related problems.
Furthermore, the Capital Planning and Construction Unit reviews all architectural drawings for approval or disapproval in the renovation or new construction of all county and municipal jails under the direction of the NJDOC’s Office of County Services. The unit also performs site visits and inspections on all work being performed under the New Jersey Administrative Code, Chapter 34, and monitors the projects through final inspections.
Central Medical/Transportation Unit
Central Transportation Unit (CTU) –The CTU mission is the safe and secure intrastate transportation of state-sentenced inmates housed in state adult correctional facilities. The CTU main office is located on the grounds of the NJDOC Central Office, and the CTU has seven satellite units, which are located at Bayside State Prison, South Woods State Prison, East Jersey State Prison, Northern State Prison, Mountainview Youth Correctional Facility, Albert C. Wagner Youth Correctional Facility and Mid-State Correctional Facility. In addition, the unit has two holding cells, one at St. Francis Medical Center and one at Garden State Youth Correctional Facility.
Central Transportation logs an average of 150,000 miles per month transporting an average number of 4,800 inmates per month for court appearances (state superior court criminal, family, Intensive Supervision Program, civil/federal/ municipal) and remand returns from court; medical appointments (hospitals, physicians’ offices, medical discharges); inter-institutional transfers (transfers from state-to-state facilities), halfway house placements (state facility to assessment center and assessment center to halfway house); transfers of state-committed inmates from county jails into the state system; emergency transfers; and Adult Diagnostic and Treatment Center psychological evaluations and hearings. The unit also provides assistance as needed to all other federal, state and local law enforcement agencies throughout the state.
The unit has also established a team of truck drivers responsible for ensuring the movement and delivery of inmate personal property as inmates are transferred throughout the state correctional system and to halfway house locations.
In addition, Central Transportation transports inmates involved in civil litigation where the inmate is to reimburse the state for transportation fees in matters not involving their incarceration. The unit has also undertaken the transportation of Special Treatment Units residents to and from medical appointments as well as for criminal and family court matters.
The NJDOC has obtained remand agreements with 18 of the 21 counties, wherein inmates are remanded to the temporary custody of the county sheriff until completion of the court appearance, at which time Central Transportation returns the inmate to his/her respective state correctional facility.
Within the CTU is the Interstate Escort Unit, which is responsible for the return of all out-of-state extraditions of parole violators, escapees, Intensive Supervision Program violators, Juvenile Justice parole violators, serving time out-of-state (STOS) cases and correction compact cases transferred out of and returning to New Jersey. The unit has one supervisor and four Interstate Escort officers assigned to complete scheduled trips. The unit continues to meet the challenge of transporting interstate trips without impacting the Central Transportation Unit’s day-to-day operations.
Central Medical Unit – This unit is responsible for the safety and security of inmates housed at the St. Francis Medical Center Prison Unit, including the intensive care unit, cardiac care unit, labor and delivery, operating room, emergency room, step-down units and other outside facilities. The unit also escorts inmates throughout the facility while
undergoing therapy, x-rays, radiation and follow-up care. Social services are provided to state-sentenced inmates housed at this facility. These services include notification of death, critical status, attorney/family visits and parole issues. Due to the serious illnesses of the inmates, the custody staff must display sensitivity to the inmate’s condition while maintaining the security of the inmate and protection for themselves, medical staff and the general public.
In addition, as part of an agreement between Mercer and Camden counties and the NJDOC, inmates from those county correctional facilities may be housed at Central Medical (St. Francis Medical Security Unit) for medical treatment.
Inmate Labor Program – The program is responsible for providing inmate labor support to municipalities, governmental agencies and community based non-profit organizations. Both state and municipal government agencies utilize inmate labor support in an effort to reduce operational costs and save tax dollars. Approximately three dozen labor teams provide service, five days a week, to a majority of New Jersey counties statewide.
Inmate labor support is utilized by several state departments, including Transportation (DOT), Human Services (DHS) and Environmental Protection (DEP). Collectively, these three areas alone utilize inmate labor teams on a permanent basis. This resource has proven to be one of the most practical, cost-effective measures to lower spending and operational costs for numerous entities.
Central Operations Desk (COD)
In January 2012, the NJDOC revamped the way noteworthy occurrences within the department are reported to Senior and Executive Staff by establishing the Central Operations Desk, located on the grounds of the department’s Central Office headquarters and staffed by Correction Majors.
The COD is the NJDOC’s centralized communications center that coordinates the recording and notifications of all unusual departmental incidents 24 hours per day, seven days per week. As the COD receives and logs information about significant events, it reports each incident through the chain of command and serves as the liaison between Central Office and the NJDOC facilities.
Central Communications Unit – The unit, which is overseen by the COD, provides radio transmissions and teletype communications for the NJDOC, the State Parole Board, the Juvenile Justice Commission, the Intensive Supervision Program and the Administrative Office of the Courts over a broad bandwidth. In addition, Central Communications monitors NJDOC inmates and parolees who are in the Electronic Monitoring Program. The unit also handles paging services and wireless communications to Central Office employees, and confidential paging and wireless communications for all NJDOC institutions, Parole Officers, Juvenile Justice Commission staff and Intensive Supervision Program staff. Motor vehicle inquiries and escape notifications are processed for the department’s Special Investigations Division and correctional facilities.
Classification Support & Training/Auditing Units
Classification Support Unit – This unit is responsible for providing support and direction in various classification tasks, including max date sentence calculation support to institutional staff, assisting staff with special projects related to modifications in statute, providing on-site training as needed, providing institutional audits, and seeking and implementing agency advice from the Office of the Attorney General on issues requiring clarification or legal guidance. The unit provides technical support to Central Office executive and administrative staff in reconciling matters of dispute in the areas of classification. In addition, the unit is responsible for investigating and responding to correspondence associated with offender complaints.
In conjunction with the Office of Information and Technology, the Classification Support Unit continues to develop and support a Web site that provides information to the public regarding state-sentenced inmates, including the offender’s name, description of the offense for which the offender is incarcerated, etc. The Web site provides quick access of information to victims, prosecutors and other interested parties regarding all offenders in the state system.
Training/Auditing Unit – This unit provides formalized training to all existing and new classification staff members, and issues annual training updates relating to new laws and regulations that impact on the classification of the state’s inmates. Two training phases have been created to establish operational uniformity and standardization of classification processes at all facilities. All staff members who successfully complete each training phase are certified in performing tasks associated with the training topics.
The Training/Auditing Unit also provides in-depth audits of institutional classification functions in an effort to verify that the policies, procedures and processes, as well as the various computerized information systems, are being efficiently utilized in each institution. Each audit consists of an on-site review to monitor all classification department operations, committee meetings and other work responsibilities to determine compliance with existing laws and policies, unit efficiency and productivity.
Additional Sentence Unit – The Classification Services Unit established the Additional Sentence Unit at Central Office to demonstrate priority on the classification processes and on meeting all statutory and administrative requirements. This unit centrally processes additional and amended sentences and provides updated calculations for the institutional classification departments to review. The Additional Sentence Unit ensures that all offenders in the custody of the NJDOC are confined and/or supervised according to the additional and/or amended order of the sentencing court; serves as a centralized source of offender information for staff, the public and numerous state and federal agencies; and directs the statewide quality assurance and audit processes for time calculation, classification and case management. It will, for example, ensure that statutory requirements are applied in a consistent manner regarding the application of credits and the sequencing of sentences.
Field Services Unit
The primary responsibility of the Field Services Unit (FSU) is to oversee and ensure the effectiveness of NJDOC food service operations through the provision of cost-effective, nutritionally adequate meals to the inmate population and employees of the department.
The FSU has several areas of administrative responsibility:
Food Service Management – Efforts to control the NJDOC food expenditures are coordinated. Using the central menu, the FSU works with AgriIndustries food production plants, the DEPTCOR bakery, the New Jersey Department of Treasury Purchase Bureau and the Distribution and Support Services in establishing contracts with vendors to monitor and manage food costs at each institution. Additionally, the FSU manages a Waiver of Advertising that provides the department with a mechanism to purchase high quality, wholesome food products at below-market prices, resulting in a significant reduction to the cost of inmate feeding.
South Woods Central Food Production Facility – The unit manages the development and directs the operation of the food production plant. This cook-chill facility has been a valuable resource to the NJDOC, providing 28 different meal components to each correctional facility, totaling 2.6 million portions each month. The cook-chill meal production process has provided increased production of meal components using larger batches and longer product shelf life and saved money by purchasing ingredients in bulk and standardizing meal quality. Management of this operation requires developing new products and coordinating product expansion with NJDOC facilities. It also requires accounting for inventory control and product distribution with DEPTCOR warehouse and trucking operations, AgriIndustries’ produce and meat processing plants, and the Department of Treasury Purchase Bureau and Distribution and Support Services.
Nutritional Consultation Unit – This unit is responsible for developing and promoting quality nutritional care services based on the overall needs of the inmate population in accordance with policies, procedures, practices, guidelines, licensure, legislation and standards of professional practice. The consulting dietitian plans and coordinates efforts with NJDOC clinical dietitians to ensure that individual therapeutic nutritional needs are met.
Child Nutrition Program – The program ensures that the NJDOC meets state and federal guidelines required to participate in the Child Nutrition Program, and that the consulting dietitian conducts audits of the participating facilities and fulfills the necessary monthly reporting requirements to the Department of Agriculture’s Bureau of Child Nutrition. The NJDOC received federal reimbursement of $727,947 in 2013 and surplus USDA food commodities.
Division of Community Programs
The Division of Programs and Community Services enhances public safety through the development, coordination, administration and delivery of institutional and community-based programs and services. The division provides institutional and community-based programs for offenders, including academic and vocational educational programs, library (lending and law) services, chaplaincy services, transitional and social services. Other specialized services include victim assistance and assistance with applying for the Intensive Supervision Program (ISP). Additionally, in an effort to provide the offender preparing for release with a gradual and supported transition from corrections to community, the division contracts with private and non-profit providers throughout the state to provide community-based residential treatment and work release programs. Lastly, the division also is responsible for the quality assurance inspections of county jails and municipal detention facilities.
Office of the Assistant Commissioner
Office of Victim Services – The mission of the Office of Victim Services is to serve as a liaison to crime victims, victim service providers and allied professionals on matters related to services and support for victims of crime, relative to the offenders in the NJDOC.
Responsibilities of the Office of Victim Services include:
- Offering guidance to departmental administration and staff in matters related to victim/witness assistance, including programs, policy development and implementation, and providing recommendations specific to the implementation of core victims’ rights, including notification, restitution, protection from intimidation, harassment or harm, victim input, information and referral services.
- Providing assistance to victims of crime regarding status and location of inmates, serving as a referral agent to assist with obtaining community resources and acting as a liaison between victims, families of victims, the NJDOC and the offender. Inquiries often include assistance with court-ordered restitution, community release impact statements, sentencing information and notification methods and requirements.
- Providing programming that serves to educate the offenders on the impact of the crime they have committed on victims, the community and their own families. The Focus on the Victim Program is a 14-week victim impact program offered
to the offender population that places emphasis on restorative justice, empathy building, offender accountability and making amends.
- Enhancing education, awareness and support for NJDOC employees and the community at large through presentations on understanding victims’ needs, enhancing skills for dealing with stress and trauma experienced by victims, recognizing the importance of sensitivity toward victims, and assisting victims
with coping skills that will aid in their process of healing and improving upon their lives.
- Actively participating in state, county and other local victim-related meetings and functions and networking with national, state and local victim service providers to ensure that victims are afforded rights and services under federal, state and local laws.
Office of Volunteer Services – NJDOC volunteers support the overall mission of the department and are essential in the effective delivery of programming and supportive services for the offender population. The major goal of the Office of Volunteer Services is to ensure the proper recruitment, processing, training, evaluation and recognition of NJDOC volunteers. As such, the Office of Volunteer Services, through assistance from volunteer coordinators in each institution, recruits, trains and supports individuals throughout the community who seek to volunteer in the areas of religious services, educational and social services programming, medical/psychological services, administration, community programming and recreational services.
The Office of Volunteer Services further provides recommendations for accurate procedures and manuals with regard to the Volunteer Services Program throughout the department. All NJDOC volunteers are subject to an extensive application process, which includes appropriate screening, a criminal history background check and volunteer orientation and training. The Office of Volunteer Services works collaboratively with the institutional volunteer coordinators, the Special Investigations Division and ID Card Units in maintaining documentation, tracking and reporting systems regarding the Volunteer Services Program.
Office of Community Programs and Outreach Services
The Office of Community Programs and Outreach Services include the following entities:
Office of Community Programs – The mission of the Office of Community Programs is to prepare offenders to reenter society as productive citizens and to reduce the likelihood that they will relapse (return to drug and/or alcohol use) and/or recidivate (commit additional offenses). To that end, the office contracts with private not-for-profit agencies and provides for the effective administration of the contracts. The contracts provide the framework for the provision of community-based services to inmates and mandates oversight and monitoring for delivery of these services. The Office of Community Programs continually tracks the movement of Residential Community Release Program (RCRP) inmates through the continuum of care. The office also seeks to develop and maintain effective programs and services in collaboration with other departments, government subdivisions and stakeholders.
The NJDOC has embraced offender transition through community corrections. The Office of Community Programs currently contracts with six RCRP vendors operating 14 programs that provide an extensive variety of assessment, counseling, treatment and employment services to facilitate the inmates’ gradual reintegration into the community. Five programs are pre-release work release programs; eight are substance-use disorder treatment programs that focus on sobriety and group dynamics; two are assessment and treatment centers that provide orientation to male and female inmates to the treatment process as well as comprehensive assessments of each resident; and one special needs program that provides in-house mental health services for the special needs inmate preparing to return to the community.
NJDOC-contracted Residential Community Release Programs consist of the following programs:
- Assessment and Treatment Centers provide eligible inmates with a comprehensive assessment of their needs and risks, an orientation to a treatment regimen, and a referral to Work Release Programs, Correctional Treatment Programs, Special Needs Programs or the Mutual Agreement Program.
- Special Needs Programs – The NJDOC currently contracts for one Special Needs Program. The focus of this program is the provision of specialized services for inmates with mental health issues, Mental Illness and Chemical Abuse/Addiction (MICA) issues and specialized health service needs. Once treatment needs are met, participants may be eligible to participate in a work release component. Although the RCRPs work closely with the residents to assist them with discharge planning, the provision of concrete linkages to community services are an essential element of these programs.
- Correctional Treatment Programs – The focus of Correctional Treatment Programs is the provision of services that will provide the tools for inmates with treatment issues to reenter society as productive and sober members. These programs utilize the assessments provided by the Assessment and Treatment Centers as well as the assessments performed during an inmate’s incarceration to create a seamless continuum for inmates with substance-use issues. Ongoing assessments are performed throughout the inmate’s stay to determine progress in treatment; when an inmate has completed the treatment portion of their RCRP stay, he/she is generally eligible to seek employment.
- Work-Release Programs – The focus of work-release programs is to provide residents with a solid foundation for successful reentry into the workforce with the goal of not just obtaining viable employment, but also retaining employment.
Reentry opportunities and an opportunity to begin to pay down fines and child support payments.
Inmates who complete the treatment portion of the Residential Community Release Program or inmates assigned to a work release program have the opportunity to obtain employment or participate in educational opportunities in the community, in preparation for reentry. Employed RCRP inmates are obligated to:
- Open and maintain a savings account;
- Pay 16.67 percent of net wages towards fines, fees, penalties and restitution;
- Pay a maintenance fee to the RCRP (30 percent of net wages);
- Pay child support and child support arrears; and
- Pay all state and federal taxes.
Intensive Supervision Program – The Office of Community Programs also is responsible for the oversight of the NJDOC liaison to the Intensive Supervision Program (ISP), a highly structured and rigorous form of community supervision that involves extensive client contact, surveillance, a restrictive curfew and urine monitoring. It is located in the judicial branch of government, under the auspices of Probation Services in the Administrative Office of the Courts. An NJDOC representative serves as a member of the review panel, which screens, evaluates and recommends applicants to resentencing judges for acceptance to the program.
Office of County Services – As required by state statutes, the Office of County Services conducts annual inspections of all county correctional facilities. In addition to county jail inspections, NJDOC is responsible for inspecting 376 municipal detention facilities located throughout the state. The office also reviews and approves documents for the construction, renovation or alteration of those facilities to ensure compliance with New Jersey Administrative Code requirements.
The Office of County Services is also responsible for:
- Reviewing the operation of all county work-release programs.
- Reviewing and responding to inquiries from state-sentenced inmates confined in county correctional facilities.
- Providing technical assistance to county correctional wardens/administrators and police chiefs concerning the revision, development or implementation of any policy, procedure or written protocol required by the NJAC.
Office of Chaplaincy Services – Located at Central Office, the Office of Chaplaincy Services is responsible for the oversight and support of the Chaplaincy Services offices within each of the NJDOC correctional institutions. The office provides guidance and support to all institutional chaplains and administrators on religious matters and is responsible for the development and implementation of policies and procedures that guide the delivery of religious services and appropriate religious accommodations for the offender population.
When religious issues are challenged by the offender population or institutions are seeking further guidance on religious matters, the Office of Chaplaincy Services assists in this process through the input of its Religious Issues Committee. The Religious Issues Committee consists of a diverse team of departmental staff members who convene to review religious matters on a case-by-case basis and make recommendations to ensure that offenders’ religious rights and freedoms are upheld, while ensuring for the safety and security of the overall institution.
The Office of Chaplaincy Services ensures that the correctional institutions are providing appropriate and diverse faith-based services, programming and outreach for the offender population. Each of the institutional Chaplaincy Services offices is supported by chaplains and a network of religious service volunteers who are essential in ensuring that the offender population is afforded the opportunity to practice their respective faiths while incarcerated.
The Office of Chaplaincy Services also matches offenders with trained faith and community-based mentors throughout the community, in an effort to support the offender with a successful reentry process and reunification with their families. The mentors serve as role models and support systems while further providing guidance and assistance to the offender, along with his/her family, with linkages and access to community resources. Faith-based mentoring is offered to inmates within six to 12 months prior to their max or parole date in both the institutional and Residential Community Release Program (RCRP) settings.
Office of Educational Services
The mission of the Office of Educational Services is to provide student inmates with academic, vocational and life-skills programming. The NJDOC regards correctional education as a critical element in its effort to assist offenders to develop constructive lives upon their return to society. Staff members supervise, support and ensure delivery of educational services, including law library services.
Unlike a traditional school setting, the NJDOC follows a policy through which students enter or exit classes according to their educational needs and entrance to the facility. The educational programs are consequently dynamic, individualized and aligned with the Common Core standards. Each of the department’s main facilities holds a graduation ceremony annually to celebrate student achievements.
The NJDOC operates three major programs:
- High School Diploma Program All youth offenders under the age of 20, as well as those under age 21 with an Individualized Educational Plan (IEP), are provided traditional high school coursework, including mathematics, social studies, language arts, science and enrichment classes. Students earn credits from their home school districts toward the fulfillment of their high school diplomas. Youth students are mandated to attend such coursework until they reach an ineligible age.
- Adult Basic Education and High School Equivalency Program Adult students may enroll in education to attain their high school equivalency diploma, commonly known as the GED. Adult basic education programs are available at all correctional facilities with certified teachers and individualized work. Adult academic programs are voluntary; however the DOC is mandated to provide a course of education to any interested potential student within 10 years of his or her release. Between February 2012 and December 2013, more than 4,800 received service.
- Career and Technical Education Program Nearly all facilities offer career and technical education programs that teach vocational skills, such as building trades, electrical trades and culinary arts training. Students earn industry-recognized certifications upon completion of these programs, which they can use toward securing gainful employment upon release.
- Post-Secondary Education In addition to incarcerated men and women having access to post-secondary education through college correspondence courses, the NJDOC partners with a consortium of colleges and universities through the New Jersey Scholarship and Transformative Education in Prisons to provide a degree-bearing post-secondary degree to incarcerated men and women. The program operates solely through private funds from the Sunshine Lady Foundations, the Ford Foundation, Gates, Kaiser and Soros.
- Promoting Responsibility in Drug Education (PRIDE) The Office of Educational Services is responsible for oversight of the community outreach program known as Project P.R.I.D.E., which brings minimum custody offenders, escorted by correction officers, into middle and high schools or other agencies to talk about their personal experiences with drugs and alcohol. Young people have an opportunity to hear real-life stories and to consider the consequences of substance abuse. The program is designed to reduce the appeal of drugs and alcohol and to promote responsible decision-making skills.
The Office of Educational Services is responsible for ensuring that all available funding is allocated, distributed and utilized. There are a number of major funding sources: Direct State Appropriations, State Facilities Education Act, Title I Neglected and Delinquent, IDEA-B, Carl D. Perkins Vocational Education Act and Title II Workforce Investment Act.
Office of Transitional Services
The goal of the Office of Transitional Services, through the correctional institutions’ Social Services departments, is to implement a seamless continuum of care for offenders utilizing cost-efficient, well-proven behavior science practices system wide to increase offenders’ abilities and their motivation to demonstrate responsible, crime-free behavior.
Through intensive evidence-based programming, offenders are provided with the tools necessary to become productive members of the community. The Office of Transitional Services has also developed partnerships with federal, state and local agencies to create linkages to resources that provide support to offenders. Intense transition support in the pre-release phase of an offenders’ incarceration is critical to ensure his or her successful reentry into the community. The Office of Transitional Services’ Correction Offenders Reintegration Programs (C.O.R.P.) programs include:
Thinking for a Change (T4C) is a cognitive behavioral program, endorsed by the National Institute of Corrections as a best practice approach for reducing recidivism. The goal of the program is to affect change in offender thinking so offenders can change their behavior. It assists offenders in breaking the cycle of incarceration by teaching them how to think before they react, how to build positive relationships and how to think about things in a positive way.
Successful Transition and Reentry Series (STARS) is a release preparatory program designed to address each major reentry barrier faced by the returning offender. Topics include employment, housing, transportation, education, family reunification and finances. STARS assists offenders in breaking the cycle of incarceration, addresses possible barriers associated with the reentry process, teaches offenders how to build positive family relationships, prepares offenders to join the workforce, and helps to develop effective problem-solving, communications and life skills. It also provides offenders with vital resource information for services in the community.
Cage Your Rage for Men (CYR-M) and Cage Your Rage for Women (CYR-W) CYR is an anger management program. It is endorsed by the American Corrections Association as a best-practice program designed to help offenders recognize their angry feelings, learn their cause and deal with them in a responsible way. Participants learn the connection between thoughts and anger and, more importantly, techniques to help them manage their anger.
Successful Employment through Lawful Living and Conflict Management (SEALL) SEALL is a job-retention program with a specific focus on maintaining employment and addressing on-the-job conflict. The program prepares offenders to address possible barriers to employment, how to build positive working relationships and how to develop effective problem solving and communication skills.
Helping Offenders Parent Effectively for Men (HOPE) and Helping Offenders Parent Effectively for Women (HOPE-W) HOPE is a parenting program offered by NJDOC. The goal of the program is to help participants become responsible parents, even while incarcerated, with the ultimate goal of reducing the rate of recidivism by offenders learning to positively influence their own children to live law-abiding lives. HOPE is designed to enable offenders to recognize the importance of accepting responsibility for their children and increasing their ability to be self-sufficient by beginning to take control of their lives.
Family Reunification and Transition (FRAT) FRAT was introduced to the offender population in October 2011 as a new pilot program, recognizing that many offenders leave prison without developing a plan for rebuilding family relationships or without an understanding of their family’s expectations upon their return. FRAT is designed to assist offenders as they begin the process of reconnecting with their family members by addressing past and present behaviors and preparing for changes in the family that could affect the offender’s transition.
OTS Special Services
Fair Release and Reentry Act
There are many obstacles offenders may face when making the transition from a correctional facility to their community. The Fair Release and Reentry Act (FRARA) of 2009 is intended to provide those ex-offenders exiting with a comprehensive information packet to aid in their successful re-integration into society. On the day of release, every inmate leaving the custody of the New Jersey Department of Corrections will receive a FRARA Portfolio containing information that may be beneficial to their reentry. The FRARA portfolio includes a temporary release photo ID, final discharge paperwork, a copy of current criminal charges, remaining account balance, final trust account statement and a medical records summary.
Where applicable, released inmates also may be provided with a duplicate Social Security card, birth certificate, New Jersey Motor Vehicle Commission Non-Driver Photo ID, JPAY debit card, notification of active warrants/detainers, NJ Transit bus tickets, any necessary medical referrals and a two-week supply of medication.
Information is also provided on the Right to Vote, Records Expungment process, Child Support/Custody, community-based resources and NJ State Parole Board Certificate of Rehabilitation application, as well as a host of other pertinent reentry related materials.