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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. (more...)

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The New Jersey Department of Corrections (NJDOC) has been made aware of a scam involving so-called “spoof calls” that appear to be generated by the NJDOC. The phone number from which the “spoof call” is placed appears to be the number for the NJDOC’s Central Office. When the phone call is answered, the caller says, “Your grandson has been arrested and is requesting that you send bail money.”   

This is a scam. Technology is available that allows scammers to disguise their actual phone number and make it appear that the call is emanating from an entirely different phone number.

Sadly, these kinds of scams are prevalent during the holiday season. Please do not allow yourself to be scammed by these “spoof calls.”

Thank you, and happy holidays from the NJDOC.

*** Note ***
Visitors who are sick with a fever, diarrhea or cough should reschedule their visit. 
The New Jersey Department of Corrections reserves the right to turn away any visitor who appears to be ill with
a communicable disease.
Important: On February 9, 2014 the New Jersey Department of Corrections (NJ DOC)
will no longer accept money order deposits at their facilities.
Photos from departmental events can be found on Flickr.com/njdoc. All photos are available for download. To download a particular photo, first click on the photo, then click on the underlined, downward-facing arrow arrow near the bottom right-hand corner of the picture and choose which size you would like.
Residential Community Release Programs Request for Proposals Bid No. PCS-2019
NOTE: The bid response submission deadline has been extended. Bid responses must be submitted, no later than 4:00 p.m., on September 27, 2019

Statement on Inmate Healthcare
The New Jersey Department of Corrections is committed to providing the best possible healthcare for the men and women committed to its facilities.  If you have information or concerns about the health and welfare of an inmate, please call the institution immediately to share your information and/or concerns. We urge you to communicate any information you have about possible suicide or past suicide attempts. You can speak with the facility’s medical staff, or you can contact the shift commander of the facility.

Volunteers Sought
The New Jersey Department of Corrections has volunteer opportunities available in multiple areas, including such areas as education, chaplaincy and social services. For more information, go to the Non Profit, Grants, and Volunteer Information page, which will take you to the Web site’s volunteer’s page.

Fallen Officers Memorial
Fallen Officers Memorial
“Dedicated to the honor and memory of those who made the ultimate sacrifice in the line of duty”

Those 18 words grace the New Jersey Department of Corrections’ memorial to its fallen officers, a polished black granite wall, standing four feet high, that was dedicated on the grounds of our Central Office on May 17, 2007.  The U.S. Department of Justice provided the department with a grant to fund the memorial.

The significance of this memorial cannot be overstated. It is our fervent hope that by recognizing our fallen heroes in this manner, perhaps all of us can gain some measure of appreciation of the impact these brave individuals had on the communities they were sworn to protect as well as the lives of those who knew and loved them.

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