The Commission operates three facilities identified as secure. Secure facilities are full care institutions providing all services on the grounds of the facility, including education, vocational programming, counseling and medical services. Correctional Officers are employed at these facilities to maintain a secure setting. All facilities provide year round education focused toward the attainment of a high school diploma, GED or college credit, as well as vocational programming. Religious opportunities, group and individual counseling, drug and alcohol treatment, physical education, family life and health education, and post-release planning are also provided at all secure facilities.
Bordentown, NJ 08505
The Johnstone Campus is the location of the JJC’s most secure facilities. The male facilities are known as the Juvenile Medium Security Facility-North Compound (JMSF-N), the Juvenile Medium Security Facility-South Compound (JMSF-S), and the female facility is referred to as the Juvenile Female Secure Care and Intake Facility (JFSCIF). These facilities provide secure and structured environments for male and female juveniles committed to the JJC by the courts.
The Johnstone Campus has the capacity to serve 262 male offenders and 52 female offenders. The age of the juveniles range from 14 to 20 years of age, with the majority of juveniles being 16 or 17 years old.
The Johnstone Campus provides education, training and rehabilitation for those residents who are unable to participate in a less secure setting. This diverse group of juveniles possesses serious emotional and behavioral disorders that require a highly structured and secure environment.
Juvenile Medium Security Facility (JMSF)
P.O. BOX 307
Bordentown, NJ 08505
Christian Nnajiofor, Ph.D., Superintendent
The Juvenile Medium Security Facility- North Compound is capable of serving 118 male juveniles. Two housing units are currently in use at this facility.
The Therapeutic Unit addresses the unique needs of JJC youth with chronic and persistent mental health symptoms and/or disorders, who are also in need of secure care placement. Core staff members have been assigned to this unit, including custody officers, social workers, mental health clinicians, nurses, youth workers, substance abuse counselors and certified teachers. This broad and diverse staff compilation provides the necessary expertise to care for this unique population. Core program components include on-site mental health counseling, education, social services, and primary medical care. Residents also receive both individual and group counseling, as well as anger management and substance abuse treatment.
The Juvenile Medium Security Facility-North Compound also contains many educational amenities. It functions as the primary educational and vocational area for the male residents on the Johnstone Campus.
The Juvenile Medium Security Facility- South Compound is separated into six pods, each accommodating up to 24 juveniles. The facility offers a full educational curriculum, recreation, and medical services. Residents at this facility also have access to the educational services that are offered in the North Compound.
The Female Secure Care and Intake Facility
Antar Simmons, Superintendent
P.O. Box 367
Bordentown, NJ 08505
The Juvenile Female Secure Care and Intake Facility serves as the intake and secure care unit for all juvenile females sentenced to terms of incarceration in New Jersey. It is the only secure facility in the State that provides education, treatment and custody for committed juvenile females. It is designed to hold 48 females with 8 single rooms that serve as detention cells.
The primary function of the Female Secure Care and Intake Facility is to provide incentives and prepare the juvenile female for a less restrictive environment. The Commission strives to empower the juvenile females to live responsible, productive and law-abiding lives.
The Secure Care Unit provides a gender specific, comprehensive, culturally diverse program to address the special needs of the juvenile female population. Programming components include a wide variety of academic instruction, physical fitness and health classes and vocational training including cosmetology and graphic arts.
New Jersey Training School
New Jersey Training School
P.O. Box 500
Grace Hill Road
Monroe Township, NJ 08831
Superintendent: Llionel Henderson
The New Jersey Training School (NJTS) is the Juvenile Justice Commission’s largest facility currently housing approximately 200 male juveniles. It was opened in 1867 as a home for troubled youth. Today, NJTS is a secure facility with a state of the art perimeter fence and 24-hour armed roving patrol. residents range in age from 12 to 23 years of age with the vast majority of residents being 16 to 18 years old.
The primary focus of NJTS is to provide care, treatment and custody for juveniles committed by the courts and to create programs that will rehabilitate young offenders.
NJTS campus includes seven cottages that serve as housing units, a full-service school, a vocational building, recreation facilities, a medical facility and administrative offices.
The Training School offers several unique vocational opportunities including an optical lab program which teaches juveniles to craft eyeglasses. NJTS supplies eyeglasses to all juvenile and adult residents in the state. Through this program, several youth have received jobs with optical employers after their release. NJTS offers vocational programs in horticulture, equine science, and communications.
Residential Community Homes
- List of the Commission’s RC Homes and detailed information including addresses, contacts and descriptions.
The Juvenile Justice Commission (JJC) operates 10 residential community homes (RCH). The number of juveniles residing at each facility varies. The JJC has designated certain facilities for specific categories of juvenile offenders, including those who have serious substance abuse problems, sex offenders, and those young people who have been found delinquent, but also have serious emotional disorders.
RCH’s are an important part of the JJC’s continuum of care. These facilities offer a less restrictive environment, but maintain security by trained staff. These types of facilities are meant to accommodate juveniles who have committed less serious offenses or are nearing the end of their sentences and preparing to return home.
Counselors work with each resident to create an individual program plan with goals and objectives for successful completion. Each program provides a full education curriculum aimed at the pursuit of a high school diploma or GED. A variety of vocational opportunities are provided with the goal of developing marketable skills that will help them become productive citizens upon their release.
The JJC utilizes several enhanced treatment programs, including one curriculum that teaches juveniles on how to control anger and another aimed at increasing gang awareness and prevention. Juveniles also receive instruction in life skills, personal hygiene, health and nutrition. Residents participate in various recreational activities and have access to 24-hour medical care. Opportunities to attend various religious services and faith-related events are also available.
All youth participate in various community service projects through the JJC’s Restorative Justice Program. Work crews throughout the state assist with projects, which range from park, cemetery, and roadway maintenance, to the restoration of historical buildings. The JJC believes that juveniles should take responsibility for their actions and give back to their communities.
Comprehensive and personal re-entry plans are developed for each JJC resident to help with each resident’s transition from a JJC program to his or her community.