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The Bergen County Smart Book
The Bergen County Smart Book is a resource guide for social services staff and offenders returning to Bergen County created by the NJDOC Office of Transitional Services in April 2011. The guide is designed to provide basic information and contacts to facilitate community reentry and serves a dual purpose: 1) to help New Jersey Department of Corrections with pre-release planning for inmates; and 2) to serve as a continuing reference for individuals after their release from prison. The design and printing of the Bergen County Smart Book was supported through various state & grant sources. The guides were printed and distributed to each DOC social service department throughout is 13 correctional facilities. Similar guides will be produced for inmates and parolees returning to other areas of the state upon funding availability.

The Essex County Smart Book
A resource guide for social services staff and offenders returning to Essex County was created in collaboration with the New Jersey Institute for Social Justice and Bloomfield College. The guide is designed to provide basic information and contacts to facilitate community reentry and serves a dual purpose: 1) to help New Jersey Department of Corrections and State Parole Board staff with pre-release planning for inmates; and 2) to serve as a continuing reference for individuals after their release from prison. The design and printing of the Essex County Smart Book was supported through various federal and state grant sources received from the Departments of Law and Public Safety and Labor and Workforce Development, and the State Parole Board. The guides were printed and distributed to each institutional social service department and to the State Parole Board through the Office of Transitional Services. Similar guides will be produced for inmates and parolees returning to other areas of the state upon funding availability.

The Camden County Smart Book
The Camden County Smart Book is a resource guide for social services staff and offenders returning to Camden County created by the NJDOC Office of Transitional Services. The guide is designed to provide basic information and contacts to facilitate community reentry and serves a dual purpose: 1) to help New Jersey Department of Corrections with pre-release planning for inmates; and 2) to serve as a continuing reference for individuals after their release from prison. The design and printing of the Camden County Smart Book was supported through various federal and state grant sources. The guides were printed and distributed to each institutional social service department and to the parole office through the Office of Transitional Services. Similar guides will be produced for inmates and parolees returning to other areas of the state upon funding availability.

The Mercer County Smart Book
The Mercer County Smart Book is a resource guide for social services staff and offenders returning to Mercer County created by the NJDOC Office of Transitional. The guide is designed to provide basic information and contacts to facilitate community reentry and serves a dual purpose: 1) to help New Jersey Department of Corrections with pre-release planning for inmates; and 2) to serve as a continuing reference for individuals after their release from prison. The design and printing of the Mercer County Smart Book was supported through various state & grant sources. The guides were printed and distributed to each institutional social service department and to the parole office through the Office of Transitional Services. Similar guides will be produced for inmates and parolees returning to other areas of the state upon funding availability.

The Passaic County Smart Book
The Passaic County Smart Book is a resource guide for social services staff and offenders returning to Passaic County created by the NJDOC Office of Transitional Services. The guide is designed to provide basic information and contacts to facilitate community reentry and serves a dual purpose: 1) to help New Jersey Department of Corrections with pre-release planning for inmates; and 2) to serve as a continuing reference for individuals after their release from prison. The design and printing of the Passaic County Smart Book was supported through various state & grant sources. The guides were printed and distributed to each DOC social service department and to the parole office. Similar guides will be produced for inmates and parolees returning to other areas of the state upon funding availability.

The Union County Smart Book
The Union County Smart Book is a resource guide for social services staff and offenders returning to Union County created by the NJDOC Office of Transitional Services. The guide is designed to provide basic information and contacts to facilitate community reentry and serves a dual purpose: 1) to help New Jersey Department of Corrections with pre-release planning for inmates; and 2) to serve as a continuing reference for individuals after their release from prison. The design and printing of the Union County Smart Book was supported through various state & grant sources. The guides were printed and distributed to each DOC social service department, Union County jail and to the parole office. Similar guides will be produced for inmates and parolees returning to other areas of the state upon funding availability.

The Middlesex County Smart Book
The Middlesex County Smart Book is a resource guide for social services staff and offenders returning to Middlesex County created by the NJDOC Office of Transitional Services. The guide is designed to provide basic information and contacts to facilitate community reentry and serves a dual purpose: 1) to help New Jersey Department of Corrections with pre-release planning for inmates; and 2) to serve as a continuing reference for individuals after their release from prison. The design and printing of the Middlesex County Smart Book was supported through various state & grant sources. The guides were printed and distributed to each DOC social service department throughout is 13 correctional facilities. Similar guides will be produced for inmates and parolees returning to other areas of the state upon funding availability.

The Hudson County Smart Book
The Hudson County Smart Book is a resource guide for social services staff and offenders returning to Hudson County created by the NJDOC Office of Transitional Services in May 2010. The guide is designed to provide basic information and contacts to facilitate community reentry and serves a dual purpose: 1) to help New Jersey Department of Corrections with pre-release planning for inmates; and 2) to serve as a continuing reference for individuals after their release from prison. The design and printing of the Hudson County Smart Book was supported through various state & grant sources. The guides were printed and distributed to each DOC social service department throughout is 13 correctional facilities. Similar guides will be produced for inmates and parolees returning to other areas of the state upon funding availability

The Atlantic County Smart Book
The Atlantic County Smart Book is a resource guide for social services staff and offenders returning to Atlantic County created by the NJDOC Office of Transitional Services in July 2010. The guide is designed to provide basic information and contacts to facilitate community reentry and serves a dual purpose: 1) to help New Jersey Department of Corrections with pre-release planning for inmates; and 2) to serve as a continuing reference for individuals after their release from prison. The design and printing of the Atlantic County Smart Book was supported through various state & grant sources. The guides were printed and distributed to each DOC social service department throughout is 13 correctional facilities. Similar guides will be produced for inmates and parolees returning to other areas of the state upon funding availability.

The Burlington County Smart Book
The Burlington County Smart Book is a resource guide for social services staff and offenders returning to Burlington County created by the NJDOC Office of Transitional Services in June 2011. The guide is designed to provide basic information and contacts to facilitate community reentry and serves a dual purpose: 1) to help New Jersey Department of Corrections with pre-release planning for inmates; and 2) to serve as a continuing reference for individuals after their release from prison. The design and printing of the Burlington County Smart Book was supported through various state & grant sources. The guides were printed and distributed to each DOC social service department throughout is 13 correctional facilities. Similar guides will be produced for inmates and parolees returning to other areas of the state upon funding availability.

The Gloucester County Smart Book
The Gloucester County Smart Book is a resource guide for social services staff and offenders returning to Gloucester County created by the NJDOC Office of Transitional Services in August 2011. The guide is designed to provide basic information and contacts to facilitate community reentry and serves a dual purpose: 1) to help New Jersey Department of Corrections with pre-release planning for inmates; and 2) to serve as a continuing reference for individuals after their release from prison. The design and printing of the Gloucester County Smart Book was supported through various state & grant sources. The guides were printed and distributed to each DOC social service department throughout is 13 correctional facilities. Similar guides will be produced for inmates and parolees returning to other areas of the state upon funding availability.

Understanding the NJDOC Prison System A Resource Guide for Family Members of the Incarcerated
Incarceration is often a difficult time for inmates, their families and friends. There are usually many questions about the rules and regulations governing the operation of the New Jersey Department of Corrections (NJDOC) that relatives and friends want answered. To provide this information the Office of Transitional Services has prepared a resource guide titled Understanding the NJDOC Prison System designed to help answer general questions that one may have regarding inmates sentenced to New Jersey’s prison system. The guide was developed under the premise that when people have information, they are better able to handle new experiences and make informed choices.

What About Me? When a Parent Goes to Prison A guide to discussing your incarceration with your children
Many of the men and women currently incarcerated are parents of children under the age of 18. It is estimated that 1.7 million children have a father in prison and 200,000 children have a mother in prison in the United States. Approximately ten million, or one in eight children, have experienced parental incarceration at some point of their lives. The link between generations is so strong, that half of all juveniles in custody had a father, mother, or other close relative who has been in jail or prison.

The What About Me guide is designed to help children, and families and caregivers, who have a mother, father, or close family member who is incarcerated. When children and families receive accurate information, they can better understand and cope with some of the stress they may experience when a relative goes to prison. This guide is also designed to encourage open and honest communication between children and adults.

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