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NJ Department of Corrections
Office of Policy & Planning -
Research & Evaluation Unit
PO Box 863
Trenton, NJ 08625

Jennifer Malinowski, Esq.,
Director, Office of Policy & Planning
            609-292-4036 ext. 5625 (Office)
            609-633-2112 (Fax)
            jennifer.malinowski@doc.nj.gov            

Kristen Zgoba, Ph.D., Supervising Research Scientist
            609-292-4036 ext. 5285 (Office)
            609-633-2112 (Fax)
            kristen.zgoba@doc.nj.gov

Sabrina Haugebook, MPA, M.S., Research Scientist
            609-292-4036 ext. 5290 (Office)
            609-633-2112 (Fax)
            sabrina.haugebrook@doc.nj.gov

Laura M. Salerno, Ph.D., Research Scientist
            (609) 292-4036 ext. 5276 (Office)
            609-633-2112 (Fax)
            laura.salerno@doc.nj.gov

Office of Public Information             (609) 292-4036

REU Associated Links

Academy of Criminal Justice Studies

American Correctional Association

American Society of Criminology

Association for the Treatment of Sexual Abusers

Bureau of Justice Statistics
Bureau of Prisons
Justice Research and Statistics Association
National Criminal Justice Reference Service
National Institute of Corrections
National Institute of Justice
New Jersey Chapter American Correctional Association
New Jersey Sex Offender Internet Registry
Rutgers School of Criminal Justice
Mission Statement

The Research and Evaluation Unit falls under the Office of Policy and Planning and provides statistical support and analysis, including empirical research and program evaluation services to/of the various program divisions and units within the New Jersey Department of Corrections. The Research and Evaluation Unit’s mission is to conduct and facilitate action-oriented research that informs and influences policy and practice.

Our Goal

Our goal is to produce statistical reports detailing programs administered by the department, to develop program performance measures, conduct baseline assessments, formulate evaluation plans and provide access to recent research and outcome studies. The Outcome-Based Evaluations utilize quantitative figures to determine measurable outcomes and assess final program goals. These outcome evaluations place the emphasis on the program objectives or outcomes: what happens to inmates/subjects as a result of their participation in the program.

The Research and Evaluation Unit, along with various members of the Research Review Board, also evaluates research proposals and designates the organizational unit where research will be performed. The Departmental Research Review Board (DRRB) ensures that research proposals are reviewed and, if approved, shall be conducted within the constraints of all organizational unit, NJ DOC, state and federal regulations, guidelines and requirements. At the completion of the DRRB review, the DRRB shall ensure that all recommendations to approve or disapprove research requests be presented to the Commissioner, NJ DOC for final review and determination of approval or disapproval prior to official notification to the requester.

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