Juvenile Justice Commission

Residential Community Homes

Residential Community Homes

Albert Elias Residential Community Home at Johnstone

Johnstone Campus – Valentine Hall
W. Burlington Street
P. O. Box 479
Bordentown, NJ 08505
Superintendent-Joe Garba
Assistant Superintendent – John Davis
Phone: 609-324-3610
Fax: 609-384-6349

Albert Elias Residential Community Home is located in Bordentown, NJ  and is part of the Johnstone Campus.  Albert Elias is host to the JJC’s “Work Readiness Program.”  The program serves up to 18 male juveniles ranging in age from 17 and older.  The program accepts residents both on committed and probationary status that have achieved either a high school diploma or General Equivalency Diploma (GED).  Program participants are provided with the basic work and life skills deemed necessary for employment.  Participants develop occupational skills through structured learning opportunities such as work-based experiences, community service, and residential living.  The goal of this specialized program is to enable participants to be successful in the workplace and community upon transitioning home.

Up to twelve participants are employed at the  Department of the Treasury- (Bureau of Special Services) BOSS warehouse facility.  Monday through Friday participants work as furniture restorers and computer technicians, or assist with general warehouse needs, earning an hourly rate and certifications relating to skill acquired in the warehouse setting.  The remaining participants can work and/or attend classes allowing them to continue their education at institutions in the surrounding community and prepare to fill vacant positions at BOSS as they become available.

Costello Prep Residential Community Home

800 Carranza Road
Tabernacle, N.J. 08088
Administrator in Charge – Ilissa Peterson
Assistant Administrator in Charge–Darryl Jones Jr.
Phone: 609-268-1440/268-1424
Fax: 609-268-3079

The Phillip M. Costello Preparatory Academy is located in Tabernacle, New Jersey. Costello Prep services 30 male youth between the ages of 15 to 20 with a history of substance abuse.

Costello Prep serves residents on both probationary and/or committed status with a length of stay between 9-12 months. Costello Prep provides a safe and structured environment, which places an emphasis on substance abuse treatment, education, respect, responsibility, accountability and good-decision making. Residents are admitted into the program after an interview process arranged by the family court of their home county or designated by the classification unit within the Juvenile Justice Commission.

While at Costello Prep, residents engage in educational, therapeutic care, community outreach, and recreational activities. The Costello Prep staff that support the various components of the program include: Substance Abuse Counselors, Educators, Social Workers, Direct Care Staff, Trade Instructors, Psychologists and Medical Staff.

Costello Prep provides clinical services for each resident, which begins with an intake assessment that helps identify areas for support. The development of the juvenile is addressed by a cognitive-behavioral treatment focus, New Freedom, a cognitive-based social learning curriculum delivered within the structure of an adolescent therapeutic community. Each resident also participates in case action planning, which targets goals specific to individual needs. Costello Prep reviews each resident and their plan for progress on a monthly basis. Residents of Costello Prep also participate in individual and group counseling which supports good decision-making.

The residents of Costello Prep are also active members of the community and regularly participate in outreach and recreational activities. Outreach activities are orchestrated through the Restorative Justice Unit within the Juvenile Justice Commission. Residents are also able to earn the opportunity to participate in constructive recreational activities. All recreational activities are designed with purpose and promote healthy interaction.

D.O.V.E.S. Residential Community Home
188 Lindbergh Road
Hopewell, NJ 085252

Kimberly Sanna, Superintendent
David Higgins, Assistant Superintendent
Phone: 609-466-1685
Fax:   609-466-4612

The D.O.V.E.S. RCH (D.O.V.E.S.) serves the juvenile female population who have been identified with behavioral and substance abuse problems. D.O.V.E.S. is the sole community-based program providing the necessary services and support to all adjudicated juvenile females requiring residential and secure residential placement in New Jersey. Located in Hopewell, NJ the facility is a New Jersey Register of Historic Places. This program encompasses over 600 acres and was the site of the infamous Lindbergh baby kidnapping. Residents are acquainted with the history of this aviation pioneer known as the father of the Trans-Atlantic flights and provide tours as requested by the public. This property, also known as “Highfields,” was once the home of the famous Charles A. Lindbergh Jr. D.O.V.E.S hosts a maximum of 16 residents with 2 relapse beds. The relapse beds are specifically for those who have previously completed the program. Residents are admitted on both committed and probation status ranging in age from 13 to 24.

In addition, D.O.V.E.S. has programming for committed residents, that just missed the mark based on the objective classification scoring tool. These young ladies will be monitored closely and have a separate supervision policy. Once they successfully complete 60 days at DOVES, they will be reclassified to “Community Program” status. The New Jersey State Parole Board determines length of stay for committed residents. Residents on probation status are determined on an individual assessment of needs upon admission.

The Juvenile Justice Commission (JJC) utilizes gender specific programming that is designed to meet the unique needs of female residents. An initial assessment identifies the appropriate level within the JJC’s continuum of care for each resident. Reassessments throughout their program stay help ensure that needs continue to be met appropriately. Residents participate in individual and group counseling, a full academic program, vocational training, recreational activities and pro-social opportunities.

The program provides comprehensive individualized care through a treatment team approach that addresses behavioral, substance abuse and developmental issues. Well-being and healthy living are promoted in a safe and clean environment. An incentive program stresses and recognizes educational gains, pro-social behavior and independence. Each resident is supported physically, emotionally and mentally through clinical services. The spiritual needs of the residents are addressed on an individual basis. The program strives to empower each young woman to become a self-reliant, confident, and well-rounded individual.

Program Goals:

To provide comprehensive individualized care through a treatment team approach to address behavioral issues, substance abuse issues, and developmental issues that are identified. We promote healthy living in a safe and clean environment and emphasize education, independence and well-being for the residents. The program focuses on a gender-specific, cognitive behavioral therapeutic counseling model to address each resident’s needs, through individual, family and group counseling.

Mission Statement:

To provide gender specific treatment services, promote educational enhancement, pro-social norms and attitudes in a clean, safe and nurturing environment that will assist in the transition/re-entry process back into respective communities.

Treatment Philosophy:

At D.O.V.E.S., our approach to helping troubled youth is holistic, treating the mind, body and spirit by utilizing a highly successful group model of treatment.

Treatment Modalities:

  • New-Freedom (Substance Abuse Curriculum)
  • A.R.T. (Aggression Replacement Therapy)
  • Phoenix (Behavior Modification Curriculum)

Residents will have the opportunity to participate in a variety of pro-social activities and events both in house and out of program such as community service, holiday events, educational and recreational trips.

Each resident is discharged with a comprehensive Aftercare plan to aid in their transition/re-entry to the community. Residents are responsible for fulfilling the obligations and requirements of their individual Aftercare plan.

Outside Agencies working in collaboration to better serve our youth:

Dress for Success/Going Places Network
This is a 9-session program designed to provide the tools needed to help women prepare for and obtain employment, including resume writing, interview preparation, and personal branding.

The Petey Greene Program
This program brings tutoring into the program to support academic opportunity.

Thelma Wright Empowerment Program
This program is to help at risk pre-teen and teenage girls understand and maintain their self-worth. This program focuses on empowering girls to achieve economic independence through Education, Mentoring and Life Skills. General topics include relationship building, life skill development, and personal development and team buildings.

Mountain View Program:
This program, as part of a larger statewide teaching initiative called NJ-ASTEPS attempts to identify and recruit most accomplished students from community college programs within our states adult and youth correctional facilities. Once recruited and admitted the students are offered on-going support and guidance in earning a bachelor’s degree, or beyond while managing the re-entry process.

Prevent Child Abuse New Jersey – My Life My Choice Program:
This program is a national leader in the prevention of Commercial and Sexual Exploitation of Children. The curriculum focuses on Attitudes, Knowledge and Skills. This program is most frequently used to reach girls who are at disproportianetly higher risk of being exploited, or who are already survivors of exploitation. Residents are offered a 10-session prevention group onsite at the D.O.V.E.S. program.

GEMS-Girls Educational and Mentoring Services:
This program is specifically designed to make a positive impact in the life of a girl or young woman today and designed to empower this population that has been exposed to commercial sexual exploitation and domestic trafficking.

TASK-Trenton Area Soup Kitchen:

Residents have had the opportunity to attend a private session at the White House in Washington, DC. They visited all the major monuments and museums. During a trip to New York City residents had an opportunity to visit the Statue of Liberty, Ellis Island and 9-11 Memorial. These types of trips are offered to the residents throughout the year on a continual basis.

Northern Region Independence & Re-Entry Success Center

461-63 Central Avenue
Newark, NJ 07107
-Nikisha Sanders-McCallister, Administrator In-Charge
-Willie Smith, Assistant Administrator In-Charge


The Northern Region Independence and Re-entry Success Center is the JJC’s first program that houses transitional residents only.

The Success Center can accommodate up to 25 males who have been paroled or completed a Community Program as a Probationer and that live in all counties north of Middlesex (including Middlesex). Parolees attend as a condition of their parole, and probationers attend when they have completed a community program and have been granted a release date.
Each young person receives a myriad of services that are best suited to meet his release plan, to include, career exploration, health/ wellness, life skills, family reunification or independent living. Family visits are encouraged and residents are permitted to visit their homes, schools and work sites in accordance with program policies and the JJC’s Preparation for Independence program while residing at the Success Center.

A resident’s stay at the Success Center can range from two weeks to 45 days. Program completion is determined by each resident’s behavior, their individual completion of transitional goals, and the recommendation of the Success Center transitional team.

The program offers a variety of services that enable young people to be more successful upon their release. There are seven content areas that must be addressed before release. While many items may seem simple, they have a significant impact on a young person’s long term success.

Identification Credentials

Official identification credentials are often required to obtain a job, lease an apartment, or apply for post -secondary education. Residents receive assistance in obtaining their voter registration cards, copies of their birth certificates or naturalization cards, social security cards, or Motor Vehicle Identification documents. The requirement to register for the Selective Service is also fulfilled at this time.

Career/Technical education

Participants leaving the Success Center must be enrolled in high school or have obtained their high school diploma or GED. Those eligible must be enrolled in a secondary/post- secondary educational program, vocational certificate program, or have identified employment. Assistance is provided to help students complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

Career Exploration/Job Readiness

This component ensures that residents have an updated resume, have completed online job applications, and have attended career counseling. Sessions include topics such as the job interview process, dressing for success, and choosing the correct career path or job.


Understanding the struggles that face young people when they return home, the therapeutic component of the program requires participants to participate in a family reunification meeting and substance abuse education classes based on their individual need. In addition, mental health counseling is available based on a clinical assessment.

Life Skills

This component allows participants to learn the basics of banking and budgeting. It also includes sex education courses and parenting classes if appropriate.

Preparation for Independent Living

For those young people who leave the JJC to an independent living situation, assistance is provided in apartment hunting, budgeting living expenses, and tasks such as grocery shopping.

Road to Home

This final component serves as a check and balance to ensure that each young person is prepared to return home. Prior to release each resident will have a physical exam, which includes any necessary immunizations and a health and wellness session. Assistance will also be provided to obtain health insurance. Lastly, each resident engages in a community service activities.

Ocean Residential Community Home

1 Game Farm Road
Forked River, NJ
– Bilal A. Muslim, Superintendent
– Christopher Jones, Assistant Administrator In-Charge
Phone: 609-693-5498
Fax: 609-6931854

Ocean Residential Community Home provides services for up to 15 male juvenile offenders with special needs and co-occurring mental health disorders. The residential program serves committed youth ages 14 to 20 from the New Jersey Training School and youth on probationary status from various counties in New Jersey. The length of stay in the residential facility is based on their level of commitment and is generally four (4) to twelve (12) months.

Priority is given to those youth identified as seriously emotionally disturbed, socially impaired or otherwise vulnerable within the commission’s other programs and institutions.             

The youth placed at Ocean Residential Community Home have been identified as appropriate for the least restrictive environment to help develop more effective pro-social coping skills in preparation for their re-entry back into their community. Committed residents are screened and referred through the Juvenile Justice Commission’s Classification Committee. Residents on probationary status are referred to the program by the sending counties’ Court Liaisons. They are then interviewed by the programs’ Office of Treatment Services staff to determine admission into the program.               

Ocean Residential Community Home utilizes an integrated model of treatment using the New Freedom curriculum and the Phoenix curriculum as part of the treatment experience.              

Educational, career and technical programs are integral components to the treatment experience. Through an Individual Educational Plan (IEP) for classified residents and an Individual Program Plan (IPP) for unclassified residents, students receive a minimum four (4) hours of academic instruction per day. Diversified career and technical programs are also available to students.   

Community service and involvement is also an important aspect of the program. Residents are encouraged to give back to the community by volunteering at the local food bank and donating time to local church organizations.

Ocean Residential Community Home works cooperatively with local academic institutions, the judiciary, the Division of Motor Vehicles as well as other agencies to improve re-entry back into their communities.      

Pinelands Residential Community Home

3016 Route 563
Chatsworth, NJ 08019
Superintendent – Kim Spencer-Hudgins
Assistant Superintendent – Chris DiDato
609-726-9678 (Fax)

Pinelands Residential Community Home was established in 1981 as a result of a cooperative effort between the Department of Corrections and the Department of Youth and Family Services to provide residential treatment for juveniles with special needs. In 1986, Pinelands began to specialize in the treatment of juveniles with sex offenses. Pinelands is located on the border of Atlantic County and Burlington County in Chatsworth, NJ.

The program is committed to the treatment and education of this special population by trained staff who are aware of the specific needs of these juveniles. An emphasis is placed on accepting responsibility for one’s actions, developing a true sense of empathy for victims, and relapse prevention.

Pinelands Residential Community Home provides residential treatment for 18 adolescent male sex offenders. The residents are between the ages of 14 and 18 at the time of entry to the program. Juveniles placed in the Pinelands Program are on a 3-year term of probation – a minimum of 18 months for the residential phase of their treatment followed by 18 months of court-ordered aftercare supervision or as a result of a classification assignment from the New Jersey Training School.

The safety of residents and the community is a priority. Each juvenile’s history and behavior are thoroughly examined during the classification process before he is accepted to this program.

Licensed clinicians and a contracted psychologist and psychiatrist provide therapeutic services. Psycho-education groups supplement the treatment component in addition to life skills, personal development, gang awareness (Phoenix) and healthy sexuality groups.

The program is augmented by service to the community through the Rescue Mission, Atlantic City Boys and Girls Club and the local food bank.

The program offers continuing education credits as well as SAT preparation and on-line college courses. A career and technical component provides horticulture, building maintenance and graphic arts training.

Aftercare planning and implementation is a cooperative effort between the program, Human Services agencies and Probation. An aftercare plan is developed based on the residents preparedness to return to the community.

Southern Residential Community Home

800A Buffalo Avenue
Egg Harbor City, NJ 08215
Administrator in Charge- Lawrence Gleason
Assistant Administrator in Charge- Roel Alexander
Phone: 609-965-5200
Fax: 609-)965-2640

Southern RCH (Southern) is a statewide resource for juvenile residents committed to the Juvenile Justice Commission (JJC), that through the classification process just miss the mark of scoring for a residential program but have demonstrated behavior that does not necessitate placement at the New Jersey Training School (NJTS). The program is in Atlantic County, located in Egg Harbor City. Southern is a 24-bed facility, offering treatment services, and a step down from secure care for residents targeted for community reintegration. The program is 60 days in length. A resident must remain charge free and demonstrate progress within the program to be reclassified for “community program” status. Southern is a program designed to instill values, morals, ethics, norms, and to provide self-discipline to adjudicated residents.

All Southern residents receive necessary identified education within the facility. The educational program follows the Core Curriculum Content Standards of the NJ Department of Education. Students that qualify are afforded the opportunity to earn their GED. Residents that have obtained their high school diploma or equivalency may be eligible to further their education through our Graduate Program, which includes secondary education and vocational opportunities.

As an admission requirement, each resident goes through a Comprehensive Intake Assessment (CIA). This assessment guides the development of and serves as the foundation for an individualized Case Action Plan (CAP). The CAP is based upon needs identified during the CIA.

The mission of Southern is to provide residents committed to the JJC with a step down structured residential environment, designed to mitigate risk for re-offending and offer opportunities for reformation within a safe environment. It is Southern’s intention to support residents in making the necessary changes in life to become productive, well-adjusted, and focused members of the community. To achieve this task, residents are offered guidance in developing and achieving program goals.

The goal is to empower residents to effectively deal with the pressures of society with the hope that they will choose to live law abiding, productive lives. This is accomplished with a blend of competent leadership, qualified staff, and incorporation of various treatment interventions.

Individual case plan needs are addressed through a variety of disciplines that target risk factors. Residents are afforded therapeutic services based on individual risk, need and responsivity principles. The continuum of services to residents include vocational training, education, treatment services, cognitive behavioral therapy/skill building, alcohol and drug treatment incorporating motivational enhancement and cognitive behavioral therapy, individual therapy, cultural diversity/gang awareness, and community reintegration/independent living class, education services, and life experience.

Southern is the final progressive step prior to a community-based program. As such, the program offers incentives that will promote pro-social interaction and interpersonal skill development. Since residents are expected to transition to a community program within 60 days of arriving to the facility, there is a certain expectation that they conduct themselves within program expectations and norms. Consequences are aimed to be consistently applied for program infractions. They are immediate and short in duration to provide incentive for residents to re-engage in programming.

Every resident in the program is exposed to a continuum of services that directly addresses their risk needs. The intent is to draw a direct correlation between one’s own situation, thoughts, feelings, actions and consequences to better promote self-awareness to correct risky behavior. This model is incorporated into daily living activities. Current approaches include utilizing the A.R.T. Curriculum, Phoenix, New Freedom, and individual substance abuse treatment.

The daily structure, paired with staff competence, incorporates problem-solving, coping, and social skills to enhance or encourage pro-social behaviors through actively mentoring and encouraging residents to function as a community. This accountability model promotes identifying and altering prominent cognitive distortions.

Vineland Preparatory Academy

2000 Maple Avenue
Vineland NJ 08361
Superintendent – Clinton Tilden
Assistant Administrator in Charge- Mark Mutcherson
Phone: (856) 696-6624
Fax: (856) 696-6658

Vineland Prep Academy services up to 60 adjudicated juvenile males identified with substance abuse involvement, placed through the Juvenile Justice Commission’s classification process and the statewide Family Court system. The overall program is designed to promote emotional intelligence, reframe self-destructive belief systems, develop coping skills and create self-efficacy. The program teaches juveniles with substance abuse involvement to gradually understand the impact that substance abuse had on their lives and those around them. The program offers a cognitive behavior, social learning curriculum (New Freedom) to work on the various issues that led to their incarceration.

The program’s career/technology educational component includes; a Computer Lab, Culinary Arts, Career Education and Horticultural/Landscaping. We operate greenhouses that grow seasonal crops and ornamental harvests. Our students cultivate flowers and ornamental trees and distribute them as part of their community service to the City of Vineland, Cumberland County, local hospitals and to the Office of the Attorney General.

Our residents participate in the Juvenile Justice Commission’s (JJC’s) Restorative Justice Program. Both the Speakers Bureau and Victim’s Impact program teach residents to learn the interconnectedness of communities. Residents learn to give back to their communities as a way to correct the wrongs they have done. The Restorative Justice staff works with residents to improve public speaking skills, thus enabling them to present themselves in a positive manner to diverse populations. In their presentations they encourage community youth to adopt healthy lifestyles and to value their education. Through this process, residents are empowered to share their experiences in a manner that builds their self- esteem and self- confidence. It also affords them the opportunity to give back in a positive light to the community. Residents are also trained to participate in landscaping projects, thus engage in various community service projects as a means of community service.

Vineland Prep Academy provides a safe atmosphere for youth to learn and grow through education, job readiness, spiritual development and substance abuse treatment. The program implements a schedule of community activities that offer healthy alternative experiences to the negative lifestyle they were accustomed to.

Vineland Prep Academy has a transitional component that is designed to serve up to a total of 15 adjudicated youth, starting at sixteen (16) years of age. We will assist each youth by providing a continuum of services designed to meet their aftercare needs as outlined by the New Jersey State Parole Board, Juvenile Parole & Transitional Services, the sending Community Program and the resident himself.

Included is a Step-Up component designed to address and assist youth who are at risk of violating parole. Youth are reviewed through a case review process and will then be permitted to return for Step Up status for a period of 14 – 30 days.

Voorhees Residential Community Home

201 Route 513
Glen Gardner, NJ 08826
– Michael Coyle, Superintendent
– Michael Handy, Asst. Administrator in Charge
Phone: 908-638-4625/609-638-4677
Fax: 908-638-4670

Voorhees Residential Community Home is located in Hunterdon County and serves a maximum of 27 residents between the ages of 15 and 20.

Residents that participate in the program enter either on a committed or probationary status. Committed residents are screened and referred through the Juvenile Justice Commission’s Classification Committee. Residents on probationary status are referred to the program by the sending counties’ court liaisons. They are then interviewed by the program’s social service staff to determine admission into the program.

The program strives to promote pro-social skills, educational and vocational achievement, and personal growth by instilling core values of help, trust, respect, responsibility, and intervention. Our purpose in doing so is to help the residents prepare for their return to their communities and in fulfilling the goals they have set for themselves while in program.

Academically, the program is a regional school comprised of residents from both Warren and Voorhees Residential which follows the core curriculum content standards of the New Jersey Department of Education for grades nine through twelve. Residents that qualify are given the opportunity for GED testing in lieu of acquiring a high school diploma. In addition to classroom studies, residents are provided with vocational opportunities, which include greenhouse management, landscaping, plumbing, carpentry, and masonry.

During their stay, residents participate in Aggression Replacement Training, New Freedom Release Group, and Phoenix Curricula. These courses utilize cognitive behavioral techniques and assists residents with enhancing self-control. Furthermore, these components collectively assist with the development of interpersonal, personal, and social-cognitive skills that constitute effective pro-social behavior.

Residents regularly participate in community service projects conducted at Voorhees, Spruce Run, and Hacklebarney State Parks. In memory of the lives lost in 09/11, residents assisted with the development of the Cudina Memorial in Lebanon Township and continue to maintain the grounds through the horticulture program. The residents also have a number of opportunities to volunteer performing community service.

Warren Residential Community Home

509 Brass Castle Road
Oxford, NJ 07863
Superintendent – Steve Redmond
Assistant Superintendent-Tyrone McClary
Assistant Administrator in Charge – Jeffrey Morgan
Phone: 908-453-2032
Fax: 908-453-4234

Warren Residential Community Home (RCH) was established in 1960 as a home for at-risk youth and has been in operation for that purpose to the present day. Today, Warren RCH is a staff-secured facility capable of housing 30 male residents over the age of 16. It specifically serves those residents identified with substance abuse problems.

It is the mission of the Warren RCH to create a safe, caring and supportive environment that provides all students with the opportunity to achieve personal and academic growth, and to become productive members of the community.

Residents at the New Jersey Training School who are over 16 years old, with a sentence between 30-40 months excluding charges of arson, homicide, manslaughter or sexually related charges who have been assigned through the Juvenile Justice Commission (JJC) Classification Committee, are eligible for admission. Program completion is determined by the New Jersey State Parole Board and is based on the length of sentence and program performance.

Residents receive educational and vocational services, individual and group substance abuse counseling, Phoenix gang intervention, character building, job readiness/life skills classes, coping skills, and Aggression Replacement Training, which encompasses moral reasoning and pro-social skill training and anger control techniques. In addition, residents are eligible for family counseling, parenting/fatherhood groups, the Preparation for Independence program, employment and the Supportive Work Program, as well as online college courses.

Individual treatment needs are determined by a Comprehensive Intake Assessment (CIA) and updated monthly through Case Action Plan (CAP) meetings.

Warren RCH residents regularly participate in community service activities in the local community. Residents currently volunteer their time with Common Sense for Animals (animal shelter), Turn a Frown Around at Brakley Nursing Home and community cleanup projects. Aftercare services are provided through Juvenile Parole and Transition in conjunction with the Warren CAP Team.

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