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The mission of the New Jersey Department of Corrections is to protect the public by operating safe, secure, and humane correctional facilities. The mission is realized through effective supervision, proper classification, appropriate treatment of offenders, and by providing services that promote successful reentry into society.


The Division of Administration is responsible for managing more than $880 million dollars and employing nearly 10,000 persons, including 6,500 in custody positions to supervise approximately 27,000 inmates. The division provides administrative services to support the departmental mission in such major areas as Budget and Fiscal Management, Personnel, Policy and Planning and Information Systems.

The Division of Operations is responsible for 14 major institutions -- 12 adult male correctional facilities, one women's correctional institution and a central reception/intake unit -- as well as a Stabilization and Reintegration Facility. These facilities collectively house approximately 27,000 inmates in minimum, medium, and maximum security levels. They are diverse and unique in their operations as well. For example, the maximum security New Jersey State Prison contains the state's Capital Sentence unit, for inmates under capital sentence. The Adult Diagnostic and Treatment Center operates Corrections' rehabilitative program for habitual sex offenders. Northern State Prison contains the Security Threat Group Management Unit, which houses gang members considered a threat to the safety of the institutions and individuals. The Edna Mahan Correctional Facility, the state's only correctional institution for women, houses inmates at all levels of security.

Programs and Community Services
The Division of Programs and Community Services offers an array of institutional and community-based program opportunities for offenders, including community labor assistance, academic and vocational educational programs, recreational programs, library (lending and law) services, and substance abuse treatment. Other specialized services include victim awareness, chaplaincy services, county assistance quality assurance, liaison to Intensive Supervision Program and ombudsman services, which is a medium utilized by offenders to seek redress for problems and complaints. Additionally, the division contracts with private and nonprofit providers throughout the state to provide community-based residential treatment programs for offenders under community supervision. Public safety is enhanced through the development, coordination, administration and delivery of these institutional and community-based programs and services.
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