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In addition to oversight of the department’s correctional facilities, the Division of Operations oversees the following units:


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 and others. 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 processes fruits 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 $11.4 million, while providing substantial savings to all customers.

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.

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 the 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 and remand returns from court; medical appointments; 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 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.

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 utilize inmate labor teams on a permanent basis.

Details from various institutions are assigned as needed daily (Monday-Friday) to provide landscaping, janitorial work and complete special projects for the DHS developmental centers. In addition, details from various institutions are assigned daily (Monday-Friday) to provide landscaping, janitorial work and complete special projects for various institutions/facilities within the NJDOC. Details from Bayside State Prison and/or Garden State Youth Correctional Facility are assigned to the EPA Clean Shores detail, as needed.

Details from the various institutions are assigned as needed daily (Monday-Friday) to provide support to the DOT in maintaining highway litter cleanup and close cut landscaping.

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 wireless communications to Central Office employees, and confidential 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 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 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 of 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 the 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 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 the 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.

Health Services Unit

The Health Services Unit establishes NJDOC procedures regarding the provision of medical, dental, nursing, pharmacy and mental health care services for inmates held in state custody. The unit monitors professional services to ensure compliance with applicable rules, regulations and statutes related to inmate healthcare, with a goal of assuring that community standards are maintained.

The unit’s Quality Assurance Section develops formal auditing instruments that allow for the performance of objective audits of all areas of inmate healthcare services.

Activities and records are reviewed, and reports are created and made available to appropriate administrative authorities.

In addition, the Health Services Unit serves as a link to other state agencies and appropriate community organizations regarding professional healthcare matters. The unit has been represented in bodies such as the Governor’s AIDS Advisory Council, Hepatitis C Advisory Panel and the New Jersey Mental Health Planning Council. The unit also serves as a link to professional colleagues regarding correctional healthcare matters on a regional and national basis.

Office of Substance Abuse Programming and Addiction Services

The primary mission of the Office of Substance Abuse Programming and Addiction Services is to address the addiction concerns of the offender population under the jurisdiction of the NJDOC.

Additionally, this office provides input to other state agencies and community organizations regarding addiction-related matters. That input is reflected by NJDOC membership representation to the Governor’s Council on Alcoholism and Drug Abuse, the New Jersey Task Force on Child Abuse and Neglect, and the Advisory Board Panel for the Responsible Parenting Program. This office also serves as a liaison to professional colleagues regarding correctional addiction matters at the state and national level.

Addiction Assessment and Treatment Referral – This office screens all NJDOC jurisdiction offenders for level and severity of addiction and to make appropriate treatment referrals based on the information obtained. The instrument currently used for this purpose is the research-supported Addiction Severity Index (ASI). Trained assessment staff members conduct the ASI screening interviews at the NJDOC’s intake facilities. Treatment referrals are made to the classification committee based on the assessment findings and other criteria.

Therapeutic Community Substance Abuse Disorder Treatment Program – The NJDOC currently contracts for 1,332 Therapeutic Community beds in seven different programs, located in six different correctional facilities, one of which is a 60-bed program for females incarcerated at Edna Mahan Correctional Facility for Women. The evidence-based Therapeutic Community in-prison treatment model has been chosen by the department as its principal residential treatment modality to address offenders with moderate to severe substance use disorders. The Therapeutic Community represents the first phase in the continuum of care; in-prison treatment is followed by participation in residential community release programming. The Therapeutic Community program is designed to address addiction through a holistic approach. The Therapeutic Community views substance abuse as a disorder of the whole person, one that necessitates global changes in lifestyle and self-identity. The department adheres to research-supported model specifications to ensure fidelity and related positive outcomes.

Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) and Narcotics Anonymous (NA) support groups – The NJDOC contracts for alternative services that include both AA and NA support groups at each facility. Contract vendor staff provides education to offenders in AA and NA support groups and to monitor in-house AA and/or NA meetings on a weekly basis. The contract vendor utilizes the 12-step education modules in its core curriculum as well as educational materials that outline the principles and traditions associated with AA. It is the goal of the psycho-educational program for each participant to leave having acquired an understanding of substance-use disorder prevention resources and use them, for example, to make pro-social lifestyle decisions. These skills include problem recognition, if one exists; acceptance and responsibility of lifestyle changes and decisions; and the realization that each participant must be accountable for choices in life and that there are resources available, if needed.

Mutual Agreement Program (MAP) – The NJDOC continues to utilize the placement of addicted offenders in licensed residential drug treatment facilities under the MAP via cooperative agreement with the Division of Mental Health and Addiction Services, Department of Human Services. MAP facilities are state-licensed residential substance use disorder treatment programs. MAP beds represent an option for those most in need of treatment services that have been assessed and identified as in need of further residential, intense substance-use disorder treatment. The MAP treatment referral offender is unique in his or her addiction treatment needs profile.

Living in Balance – The Living in Balance approach is a research-based, psycho-educational program designed as a practical instructional system for conducting treatment sessions for persons who abuse or are addicted to alcohol and other drugs of abuse. The Living in Balance client sessions are facilitated by professionals who are trained to provide treatment services through the Living in Balance curriculum.

Responsible Parenting Program –The Responsible Parenting Program is an interdepartmental initiative that seeks to encourage family reunification and responsible parenting behavior and actions through specific interventions and assistance strategies. The two primary components are: 1) assistance to offenders with active child support orders in the preparation and submission of pro se modification applications, and 2) the delivery of a parenting curriculum for program participants.

Engaging the Family in the Recovery Process – An Innovative Program for the Max-Out Offender – The Engaging the Family program, funded through the U.S. Department of Health and Senior Services, recruits the spouse/committed partner and children of offenders under its jurisdiction as allies in an effort to end the criminal and addictive lifestyle of their loved ones. Case managers facilitate relationship strengthening,
parenting and financial literacy, along with substance abuse education workshops. The
case managers also assist the offender in establishing specific links to social and drug
treatment services in preparation for release and additionally act as a resource to the
ex-offender and family post-release.

Immigration Services, Parole Monitoring and the Office of Interstate Services

Immigration Services Unit – A cooperative effort between the NJDOC, Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and the Executive Office of Immigration Review (EOIR) enables ICE and EOIR to begin deportation proceedings for aggravated felons and other criminal aliens while they are still incarcerated. This procedure ensures, in many cases, rapid removal upon the completion of the alien’s sentence. The primary functions of the Immigration Services Unit include identifying foreign-born offenders when they are identified by the state upon intake at the reception unit; referring them to ICE to determine if the offender is subject to deportation; categorizing each identified offender by those in whom ICE has interest and those that it does not; processing applicable no-interest letters, interest letters and detainers; and monitoring each identified offender as he/she progresses through the removal process (now done essentially by video teleconferencing hearings, which are coordinated by this unit). Staff also works with the Intensive Supervision Program to identify applicants who are foreign born with ICE interest to ensure that those offenders are not erroneously released from custody to supervision.

Parole Monitoring Unit – This unit, in collaboration with the State Parole Board (SPB), ensures that pre-parole packages are processed in a timely manner, in compliance with the Administrative Code. The staff works collaboratively with members of the SPB on various reentry initiatives, including the parole contract. Staff from this unit also coordinate efforts with the SPB and Juvenile Justice Commission to ensure that juveniles housed within the department are afforded due process rights with regard to their more expansive opportunities to be heard by the SPB as well as issues with terms of post-incarceration supervision.

Interstate Services – The office is responsible for administering all matters under the Interstate Corrections Compact, Interstate Agreement on Detainers and International Transfer treaties. This includes the negotiation of contracts to ensure compliance from each party state, the review and acceptance of reciprocal transfers, the development of assurances from other countries, interpreting state and federal statutes relative to interstate matters, acting as the liaison with the Governor’s Extradition Secretary, and providing training to county prosecutors’ offices, sheriffs’ offices and county jail staff. In addition, the office is involved in the related or ancillary tasks in the area of interstate and international extradition of fugitives and escapees; and the maintenance of a caseload of more than 450 offenders serving concurrent New Jersey sentences in another state or jurisdiction, and New Jersey offenders serving their sentences in the Federal Witness Protection Program. The Corrections Compact has been an increasingly useful tool to separate those high-ranking Security Threat Group (STG) offenders and placing them in states where their power is neutralized. The compact also allows for general population placement of those former STG offenders who have been labeled as informants in states where their status is unknown.

Release Notification Unit - Central Office

The Release Notification Unit oversees and supervises the institutional release and prosecutor notification processes for all offenders sentenced to the custody of the NJDOC. The unit ensures that all offenders with convictions for current and/or prior sex offenses are properly identified and registered under the terms of Megan’s Law and that those identified as potential predators are referred for civil commitment evaluation in accordance with the Sexually Violent Predator Act. The unit also ensures that offenders with psychiatric histories are identified and reviewed for general forensic commitment. The Release Notification Unit is responsible for a computerized tracking system developed to monitor the movement of approximately 3,200 convicted sex offenders through the state’s correctional system. The tracking system provides weekly updates of detailed data and ensures, in an automated fashion, that offenders with convictions for current and/or prior sex offenses, or those with psychiatric histories, are properly alerted and tracked within the computer system.

Special Operations Group

The Special Operations Group provides NJDOC facilities with the tactical and technical support that is required during a crisis situation. The unit is a liaison with the State of New Jersey’s Office of Emergency Management and maintains mutual aid agreements with local, state and federal law enforcement agencies.

The Special Operations Group is comprised of several units.

Special Operations Response Team (SORT) – SORT is a 15-person team that includes EMTs, breachers, marksmen, chemical agents, defensive tactics, repelling, Security Threat Group (STG) identification, mobile field force and tactical operators.

Canine Unit – This unit is deployed throughout the state on a daily basis. The Canine Unit consists of one supervisor, 13 handlers and a total of 24 canines. The unit can perform a variety of tasks, from narcotic searches of people and property to the tracking of criminals as well as missing persons. Other functions include explosive device detection, cellular phone detection, tobacco detection, evidence recovery, criminal apprehension, and passive and aggressive scent detection. The unit also provides demonstrations to schools and civic organizations.

Correctional Emergency Response Team (CERT)
– CERT consists of 150 facility-based members from the Northern, Central and Southern regions of New Jersey. The primary duties are large-scale disturbance control, tactical search operations, large-scale support of the New Jersey State Police and Office of Emergency Management, and support functions of SORT.

Chemical Ordnance Biological Radiological Aid Unit (COBRA) – COBRA consists of 60 regionally based hazardous materials (HazMat) technicians, HazMat specialists and HazMat operation custody staff members. The COBRA unit is primarily equipped to perform gross, technical and tactical decontamination during HazMat incidents. The COBRA Unit is prepared to respond to, and mitigate, internal hazardous material incidents as well as support State Hazardous Material Response Units when requested to do so.

Special Search Team (SST) – SST is comprised of approximately 50 facility-based members from the Northern, Central and Southern regions of New Jersey. The primary function of the SST is tactical search operations. The members of SST will be deployed to various facilities throughout the state, accompanied by members of the SORT and the Canine Unit. SST is equipped with the appropriate tools needed during a large-scale search.

Office of Emergency Management (OEM) – OEM provides the basis for coordinated emergency operations planning throughout the department prior to, during and after a disaster or emergency. OEM establishes the architecture for a systematic, coordinated and effective departmental response to emergencies and/or disasters that may tax or exceed a facility’s resources and capabilities. OEM also sets forth guidance, policies and procedures for the department in its development of emergency plans and its support of emergency management activities.

Departmental Firearms Unit – This unit consists of two certified armorers and a supervisor. The unit’s duties include overseeing the repair and maintenance of all NJDOC firearms, and providing tactical and technical support to NJDOC regional ranges, academy ranges and all NJDOC facilities throughout the state.

Critical Incident Negotiation Team (CINT) – CINT consists of both custody and civilian NJDOC staff. These negotiators have been trained and certified by the FBI and have the necessary equipment and experience to carry out negotiations during critical incident situations.

Enhanced Security Transportation Unit – This unit coordinates high-risk transports, including court trips, medical trips and transfers from county jails. The unit also coordinates transportation with outside agencies and out-of-state Departments of Corrections.

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