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Felix Mickens, Deputy Director of Operations

Felix Mickens
Deputy Director of Operations
Juvenile Justice Commission

Felix Mickens was appointed to the position of Deputy Executive Director for Operations for the New Jersey Juvenile Justice Commission (JJC) in September, 2008. In this position, he oversees all juvenile secure-care facilities, parole and re-entry services, classification, training and the JJC’s gang management unit.
Mr. Mickens formerly served as Superintendent of the JJC’s New Jersey Training School, a 300-bed juvenile secure facility where he managed every aspect of the facility, including custody, administration, maintenance, social services, and education. Mr. Mickens also served as assistant superintendent of the facility, the JJC’s largest, for three years. In this capacity, he directed the facility’s gang management unit and helped develop the re-entry segment of the Governor’s Public Safety Plan.
As a regional administrator for the JJC’s Offfice of Community Programs, Mr. Mickens managed the regional operation of eleven juvenile residential programs. Prior to his employment with the JJC, Mr. Mickens worked for Project U.S.E., a private organization that operates rehabilitative programs for delinquent juveniles, in various positions. He rose quickly to the rank of superintendent of Edison Prep, Project U.S.E.’s 55-bed residential program operated under contract for the JJC. Under his leadership, this program was named Program of the Year in 2001.
Mr. Mickens was named Superintendent of the Year in 2001, Americorps/JJC Employee of the Year, 2002, and Edison Prep Staff of the Year in 1997. He has received the National Association of Negro Business and Professional Clubs Man of the Year Award in 2005 and the NAACP Freedom Fund Branch Award in 2001. He has had professional affiliations with the National Major Gang Task Force, the East Coast Gang Investigators Association, the American Correctional Association and the Middlesex County Council for Children’s Services.

Mr. Mickens graduated from Rutgers University with a degree in sociology and obtained a certification in criminology. He has also pursued graduate level coursework at New York University.


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