New Jersey Department of Corrections
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|State of New Jersey Department of Corrections|
|Common name||New Jersey Department of Corrections|
|Uniform Patch of the NJDOC|
|Motto||Dedication, Honor, Intergrity|
|Legal personality||Governmental: Government agency|
|Operations jurisdiction*||State of New Jersey, USA|
|Map of State of New Jersey Department of Corrections's jurisdiction.|
|Size||8,729 square miles (22,610 km2)|
|Population||8,682,661 (2008 est.).)|
|Headquarters||Trenton, New Jersey|
|Agency executive||Gary Lanigan, Commissioner|
|* Divisional agency: Division of the country, over which the agency has usual operational jurisdiction.|
The New Jersey Department of Corrections (NJDOC) is responsible for operations and management of prison facilities in the U.S. state of New Jersey. The department operates 14 major institutions — eight adult male correctional facilities, three youth facilities, one facility for sex offenders, one women's correctional institution and a central reception / intake unit — and a Stabilization and Reintegration Program. The department is headquartered in Trenton.
The NJDOC's facilities house a combined total of 23,000 inmates in minimum, medium and maximum security levels. Approximately 1,200 inmates are incarcerated, and an equal number released each month. The median term for inmates is six years. 47% of inmates are serving terms of one-to-five years; 17% are serving terms of six-to-nine years; and 33% are serving maximum sentences of 10 years or more. As of January 2003, 984 offenders were serving life sentences, including 14 offenders under capital sentences (Note though that all of these have now been commuted; see New Jersey Capital punishment).
- 1 Mission Statement
- 2 Current Organizational Structure
- 3 Academy
- 4 Other Officer Career Opportunities
- 5 Power and Authority of State Corrections Officers
- 6 State Corrections Officer Responsibilities
- 7 Goals
- 8 Service Pistol
- 9 Ranks
- 10 Facilities
- 11 Fallen officers
- 12 Media campaigns
- 13 See also
- 14 References
- 15 External links
The mission of the New Jersey Department of Corrections is to protect the inmates by operating safe, secure, and humane correctional facilities. The mission is realized through effective supervision, proper classification, appropriate treatment of offenders, and by providing services that promote successful reentry into society.
Current Organizational Structure
- Office of the Commissioner, which is currently held by Gary Lanigan .
- Office of the Chief of Staff
- Deputy Commissioner
- Division of Programs and Community Services
- Division of Administration
- Division of Operations
Division of Programs and Community Services
The Division of Programs and Community Services offers an array of institutional and community-based program opportunities for offenders, including community labor assistance, academic and vocational educational programs, recreational programs, library (lending and law) services, and substance abuse treatment. Other specialized services include victim awareness, chaplaincy services, county assistance quality assurance, liaison to Intensive Supervision Program and ombudsman services, which is a medium utilized by offenders to seek redress for problems and complaints. Additionally, the division contracts with private and nonprofit providers throughout the state to provide community-based residential treatment programs for offenders under community supervision. Public safety is enhanced through the development, coordination, administration and delivery of these institutional and community-based programs and services.
Division of Administration
The Division of Administration is responsible for managing more than $880 million and employing nearly 10,000 persons, including 6,500 in custody positions to supervise approximately 27,000 inmates. The division provides administrative services to support the departmental mission in such major areas as Budget and Fiscal Management, Personnel, Policy and Planning and Information Systems.
Division of Operations
The Division of Operations is responsible for 14 major institutions—12 adult male correctional facilities, one women's correctional institution and a central reception/intake unit—as well as a Stabilization and Reintegration Facility. These facilities collectively house approximately 27,000 inmates in minimum, medium, and maximum security levels. They are diverse and unique in their operations as well. For example, the maximum security New Jersey State Prison contains the state's Capital Sentence unit, for inmates under capital sentence. The Adult Diagnostic and Treatment Center operates Corrections' rehabilitative program for habitual sex offenders. Northern State Prison contains the Security Threat Group Management Unit, which houses gang members considered a threat to the safety of the institutions and individuals. The Edna Mahan Correctional Facility, the state's only correctional institution for women, houses inmates at all levels of security.
Eligible Candidates will be appointed as Correction Officer Apprentice and will be required to satisfactorily complete a 14-week, in-residence NJ Police Training Commission course, at the Correctional Staff Training Academy. The Correctional Staff Training Academy conducts basic training for state correction officers, with instructors who are certified by the Police Training Commission. Training classes include arrest, search and seizure, use of force, criminal law, first aid/CPR, weaponry, un-armed defensive tactics, intensive physical conditioning, security concepts, human relations and professional development. Those who successfully complete the training program will be appointed as a correction officer recruit and will serve a one-year working test period. Upon satisfactory completion of the working test period, candidates will be promoted to senior correction officer and serve a four month working test period. The academy training is divided into three areas of training:
- Physical Fitness: The Physical Education and Self-Defense Program emphasizes physical conditioning which includes running and various strength building exercises.
- Academics: The Academic portion of the Academy training will include a college level course of studies such as psychological and sociological issues, Language and Communications skills, Criminal Law, Constitutional Issues, Correctional and Police Practice procedures, etc. There will be comprehensive examinations and written assignments.
- Firearms Training: Firearms Training includes firearms safety and weapon qualifications.
Other Officer Career Opportunities
In addition to staffing 13 facilities throughout the state, the following positions are some of the career opportunities available to Senior Correction Officers within the Department of Corrections:
- Central Transportation
- Central Medical
- Ceremonial Teams (Pipe Band/Honor Guard)
- Correction Staff Training Academy
- Critical Incident Negotiation Team
- Custody Recruitment Unit
- Interstate Transportation
- K-9 Unit
- Special Investigation Division
- Special Operations
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 enforcements agencies.
Special Investigations Division
The SID is responsible for investigations into violations of the laws of the State of New Jersey and violations of the administrative code for the NJDOC by inmates, employees and those individuals who visit NJDOC facilities.The SID is represented at each facility, where investigators not only conduct all criminal and some administrative investigations, but also act as NJDOC liaisons to all law enforcement agencies. SID investigators regularly conduct cooperative investigations in conjunction with federal, state, county and municipal law enforcement agencies, and are called on to provide expert witness testimony in state and federal courts on a regular basis.
Power and Authority of State Corrections Officers
New Jersey State Correction Officers are given state wide peace officers powers and authority. With this authority, Correctional Officers are required to enforce 2C (New Jersey Criminal Code) on and off grounds of their numerous institutions.
State Corrections Officer Responsibilities
The New Jersey State Correction Officer is responsible, during an assigned tour of duty, to ensure the custody, safety and care of criminal offenders confined in State correctional facilities.
- To provide inmate safety and security through the custody and management of those individuals incarcerated within the Criminal Justice system.
- To ensure the safety and welfare of the staff and inmate population.
- To assist in the rehabilitative efforts for those incarcerated individuals returning to the community.
- To promote public support for the operation and objectives of the Department of Corrections.
New Jersey State Corrections Officers are authorized to carry on duty the Heckler & Koch USP in .40 S&W.
There are four sworn titles (referred to as ranks) in the New Jersey Department of Corrections:
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Since the establishment of the New Jersey Department of Corrections, 24 officers have died in the line of duty.
The New Jersey Department of Corrections established the "Be Smart Choose Freedom" television advertisement campaign in 2005. The State of New Jersey produced 30-60 second public service announcements to warn state residents against going to prison. The Mississippi Department of Corrections, the state corrections agency of Mississippi, decided to start its own "Be Smart Choose Freedom" campaign and use the commercials that aired in New Jersey. The NJDOC commercials were available in English, with one public service announcement also having a Spanish version.
- List of New Jersey state prisons
- List of law enforcement agencies in New Jersey
- List of United States state correction agencies
- "Annual Estimates of the Resident Population for the United States, Regions, States, and Puerto Rico: April 1, 2000 to July 1, 2008". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2009-01-26.
- "Contact Us." New Jersey Department of Corrections. Retrieved on March 23, 2009.
- The Officer Down Memorial Page
- Fedkenheuer, Deirdre. "Be Smart - Choose Freedom: New Jersey unveils its crime prevention campaign." Corrections Today. April 2005. 1. Retrieved on August 12, 2010.
- "Be Smart. Choose Freedom." Mississippi Department of Corrections. Retrieved on August 12, 2010.
- "Welcome to New Jersey's Department of Corrections." New Jersey Department of Corrections. March 2, 2005. Retrieved on August 12, 2010.