Division of Programs & Community Services. 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).
Inquiries often include assistance with court- ordered restitution, community release impact statements, sentencing information and notification methods and requirements. The Focus on the Victim Program is a 1. 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.
Correctional programs are designed to address factors which have been linked to criminal behaviour. Offenders who participate in these programs learn and apply the. Youth who commit the more serious offenses are separately housed at one of the contract Juvenile Correctional Facilities or Juvenile Treatment Centers located. Correctional Treatment Programs – The focus of Correctional Treatment Programs is the provision of services that will provide the tools for inmates with treatment.
The office also seeks to develop and. The NJDOC has embraced offender transition through community corrections. The Office of Community Programs currently contracts with six RCRP vendors operating 1. 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. Work Release Programs, Correctional Treatment Programs, Special Needs Programs or the Mutual Agreement Program.
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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. Employed RCRP inmates are obligated to: Open and maintain a savings account; Pay 1. Pay a maintenance fee to the RCRP (3. 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 3. 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.
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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. 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. 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.