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    Marcus O. Hicks, Esq.
                       New Jersey Department of Corrections Commissioner
Marcus O. Hicks, Esq.

Marcus O. Hicks, Esq., is the Commissioner of the New Jersey Department of Corrections (NJDOC) with more than 15 years of public policy and legal experience. As Commissioner of the State’s second-largest Department, Hicks is responsible for a budget of nearly $1 billion and 8,000 employees. Hicks oversees approximately 20,000 state-sentenced offenders housed across 13 correctional facilities, county jails and community halfway houses.

Prior to his appointment as Commissioner, Hicks served in many roles throughout the Department since he began in 2007. Most recently, Hicks was the Chief of Staff for the Department, where he managed human resources, policy analysis, research and evaluation, grants management, custody and civilian staff training, as well as the Department’s fleet of vehicles. Hicks was also Director of Programs and Community Services, where he had oversight of $64.5 million in the procurement and contracting process of reentry services to approximately 2,800 inmates at 18 Residential Community Release Programs across New Jersey. Additionally, he directed the Office of County Services, which is responsible for conducting annual inspections of the 22 county correctional facilities and 376 municipal detention facilities located throughout the state. Hicks also served as Assistant Division Director of the Office of Transitional Services, the office responsible for providing comprehensive reentry services to inmates upon entry to prison until their reintegration back into the community.

Hicks has dedicated much of his professional career to serving the State of New Jersey. Prior joining the NJDOC, Hicks served as Policy Advisor to former New Jersey Governor Jon S. Corzine as well as Policy Counsel to former New Jersey Governor Richard J. Codey. Hicks also completed a judicial clerkship for the Honorable Joseph Isabella of Essex County.

Hicks is a graduate of the College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, Virginia and received his Juris Doctor degree from Seton Hall University School of Law in Newark, New Jersey.

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