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  Community Programs  
   
  In addition to secure jail-type institutions, the Juvenile Justice Commission operates less restrictive facilities for juveniles who do not require a secure setting. Twenty-two community programs are located throughout the state and accept juveniles from anywhere in the State of New Jersey.  
  The Commission operates two types of staff secure community programs which provide non-institutional settings for appropriate juveniles:  
  Residential Community Homes and Day Programs  
  Juveniles are placed in community programs in one of two ways. A judge may make placement to a community program a condition of a juvenile's probation, or the Juvenile Justice Commission's classification committee may determine that a community program is the most appropriate setting for a juvenile sentenced to its custody.  
  View a map detailing the locations of the Commission's community programs.  
  Residential Community Homes  
  The Juvenile Justice Commission operates 14 Residential Community Homes (RCH) and contracts with private providers to operate two additional homes. The number of juveniles residing at each facility varies. Three facilities, Manor Woods RCH, Albert Elias RCH and Essex RCH are designed specifically for younger male offenders between the ages of 13 and 15. The Commission has also designated certain facilities for specific categories of juvenile offenders including those who have serious substance abuse problems, sex offenders, and those juveniles who have been found delinquent, but also have serious emotional disorders.  
  RCH's are an important part of the Commission's continuum of care. These facilities offer a less restrictive environment, but maintain security through the use of trained staff. These types of facilities are meant to accommodate juveniles who have committed less serious offenses or are nearing the end of their sentence and preparing to return home.  
  Counselors work with each resident to create an individual program plan with goals and objectives for successful completion. Each program provides a full education curriculum aimed at the pursuit of a high school diploma or GED. It is common for juveniles to progress several grade levels while in the custody of the Commission. Each program offers various vocational opportunities with the goal of developing marketable skills and realistic goals that will help these young people become productive citizens upon their release.  
  The Commission has recently introduced enhanced treatment programs at several RCH's including one curriculum that instruct juveniles on how to control anger. Juveniles also receive instruction in life skills, personal hygiene, health and nutrition. Residents participate in various recreational activities and have access to 24-hour medical care. Opportunities to attend various religious services and faith related workshops are also available.  
  All juveniles participate in various community service projects through the Commission's Restorative Justice Program. Work crews throughout the state perform approximately 6,000 hours of service each month. Projects range from cleaning parks, cemeteries, and roadways to restoring historical buildings and assisting a not-for-profit wildlife refuge. The Commission believes that juveniles who have committed a crime should take responsibility for their actions and give back to the communities that they have harmed.  
  Before releasing a juvenile, the Commission develops an aftercare plan. The aftercare component includes individual case planning, intensive supervision and the enforcement of parole regulations.  
  Find a list of the Commission's Residential Community Homes here.  
  Day Programs  
  At these programs, juveniles report for education, counseling, and community service projects during the day and return to their homes in the evening.  
  Day Programs serve juveniles who are placed on probation by the courts. They are a useful sentencing option for judges who determine that a juvenile needs structure and supervision, but does not need to be removed from his or her home.  
  Monday through Friday juveniles report to one of the Juvenile Justice Commission's six day reporting sites, where they receive education programming, vocational training, counseling and perform community service projects. Juveniles are returned to their homes in the evening.  
  The Commission also uses day programs as a tool to help juveniles released from JJC Residential Community Homes (RCH) adjust to life back in their communities. By allowing juveniles who have successfully completed a residential program to continue to have contact with the JJC, the Commission can continue to help them finding a job, return to school and make sure that they are conforming to the guidelines of their individual parole plan.  
 

Find a list of the Commission's Day Programs here.

 
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