Office of Human Resources
The Commission’s Office of Human Resources is responsible for the application of the New Jersey Administrative Code as it relates to employee benefits, compensation, leaves, appointments, services, classification and development. It is the mission of this office to provide optimum assistance and service to its employees; to actively participate in employee development; to assist in short and long term resolutions; to be proactive in our approach to communication and to ensure adherence to laws, regulations and policies.
In addition to secure jail-type institutions, the Juvenile Justice Commission operates less restrictive facilities for juveniles who do not require a secure setting. Eleven community programs are located throughout the state and accept juveniles from anywhere in the State of New Jersey.
Juveniles are placed in community programs in one of two ways. A judge may make placement to a community program a condition of a juvenile’s probation, or the Juvenile Justice Commission’s classification committee may determine that a community program is the most appropriate setting for a juvenile sentenced to its custody.
The Juvenile Justice Commission’s (JJC) Office of Education (OOE) is challenged to ensure that residents are provided with an educational program that is not only compliant with the New Jersey Student Learning Standards (SLS), but also meets the needs of its unique student population and its various education settings.
The OOE provides students in secure facilities and residential community homes with access to high quality educational instruction. This educational experience focuses on student-centered learning environments grounded in rigor, relevance, relationships and real-world problem-solving applications.
The philosophy of the OOE is to engage students in challenging and meaningful educational activities in a learning environment that encourages every youth to succeed. Educators provide engaging instruction in the SLS, while also fostering the importance of personal responsibility and emphasizing high expectations to achieve student academic and personal success.
The OOE is committed to an integrated, culturally diversified educational environment, which treats all students uniquely. The mission of the JJC’s OOE, “… ensures that all students learn. We support their growth into knowledgeable, skilled and confident citizens capable of succeeding in their work, personal and family lives into the 21 Century.”
The vision statement of the JJC’s OOE stresses that, “Every student will have the opportunity to access a high-quality program to prepare to be college or career ready.”
The OOE provides students with a minimum of 200 hours of instruction in the following content areas: mathematics, social studies, science and English. Further, students receive a minimum of 150 minutes per week in health and physical education. Courses in world language, psychology, business, and art are also provided.
In addition, the OOE offers ten Career and Technical Education (CTE) program choices, with the overall goal of providing organized educational activities, structured learning experiences, technical knowledge and skills required to prepare for postsecondary education; and training for careers in emerging and established professions. The CTE programs include: cosmetology, C-Tech, graphic arts and design, carpentry trades, plumbing and pipefitting, computer repair, horticulture, animal husbandry, audio visual technology, music production and culinary arts. The OOE provides students with the opportunity to obtain work-ready certificates in Servsafe, OSHA 10, C-Tech wiring and audio installation, CPR certification, as well as additional work-ready certifications. Students are also provided with career assistance, engaging local businesses to create internships, job opportunities, and community service activities for JJC students.
The OOE provides an academic program combines with a CTE program that serves the unique needs of individual students, utilizing multiple pathways for students to unlock and achieve their true potential with the goal of transitioning students into meaningful careers and lives thus reducing recidivism and increasing positive personal transformation of students.
Office of Investigations
The Commission has an over-riding responsibility to protect the rights and safety of those juveniles placed its care by the courts as well as its employees.
The Office of Investigations conducts prompt and thorough investigations of all allegations of misconduct. This office has both law enforcement authority and administrative authority to conduct investigations concerning any allegation of criminal action, misconduct, compliance with State, Departmental or Commission rules and regulations, standard operating procedures, and orders of the Juvenile Justice Commission.
The Commission is committed to conducting investigations in an objective, unbiased, and professional manner utilizing legal and proper investigative techniques. Investigations are conducted with complete authority of executive management with total regard for confidentiality.
The Office of Investigations is also responsible for implementing the Employee Random Drug Testing Program in accordance with the Attorney General’s and the JJC’s Policy and Procedures. The unit is responsible for conducting employee applicant background investigations for sworn law enforcement personnel, investigating major accidents or emergency response to incidents, and providing liaison with other law enforcement and corrections agencies.
Juvenile Parole and Transitional Services
Local Programs and Services
Jim Doone, Ombudsman
The safety of the juveniles placed in the custody of the Juvenile Justice Commission by the courts is one of the Commission’s highest priorities. In order to ensure that the rights of each juvenile committed to the custody of the Commission are protected, and individual issues are addressed, the Commission employs an Ombudsman who reports to the Executive Director of the Juvenile Justice Commission.
The Ombudsman acts as a liaison between the juveniles and the office of the Executive Director and Deputy Executive Director. Routine visits to each institution, residential group center, and day program allow the Ombudsman to interview juveniles regarding grievances, complaints and other problems. The Ombudsman also acts as an information source to juveniles and their families.
The Ombudsman attempts to forestall problems for the juveniles in its care by facilitating early recognition of complaints and problems, and providing an avenue for prompt redress. The majority of the issues brought to the attention of the Ombudsman are addressed internally and can be resolved by the institution/program officials via recommendation, negotiation, direct action, or appropriate referral. It is also the responsibility of the Ombudsman to identify larger and more complex problems that may require action beyond the jurisdiction of the Commission and prompt notification of the appropriate authorities.