|State of New Jersey
"Protecting Public Safety by Changing Offender Behavior"
Marcus O. Hicks, Esq.
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 Prison Rape Elimination Act at the New Jersey Department of Corrections
Signed into federal law in 2003, PREA is designed to prevent, detect, and respond to incidences of sexual abuse and sexual harassment in confinement facilities.
In accordance with Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and its implementing regulations, it is the policy of the NJDOC to take reasonable steps to provide meaningful access to non-English speakers and limited English proficient (LEP) individuals incarcerated or detained in or otherwise encountering NJDOC correctional facilities, programs, and activities.
These steps help to ensure that language shall not prevent staff from communicating effectively with LEP inmates, detainees, and others to ensure safe and orderly operations, and that limited English proficiency shall not prevent inmates, detainees, or others from accessing important programs and information; understanding rules; participating in proceedings; or gaining eligibility for parole, probation, treatment programs, alternatives to revocation, or favorable classifications.
Out of an abundance of caution, to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 during the second wave, the Department has temporarily suspended visitation until further notice. The Department will continue to provide free supplemental phone and video messaging access along with postage to maintain communication with loved ones.