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  Essex Transitional  
  461-63 Central Avenue
Newark, NJ 07107
Superintendent: Darvin Bethea
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  Essex Transitional serves up to 25 male juveniles ranging in ages 15-20. In addition to receiving academic instruction, as part of their career and technical instruction, youth assist food service staff with the daily preparation of all meals while learning fundamental culinary arts and food service skills. The career and technical program provides students with marketable skills and training that help them obtain jobs upon their release. The residents participate in various maintenance projects at the facility including painting, cleaning, buffing floors, stocking supplies, and routine upkeep. Eligible students are taught carpentry, plumbing and masonry through New Community Corporation; a school, located in close proximity to the program.  
  Essex Transitional actively assists the community by maintaining the community park on Central Avenue and cleaning local streets and vacant lots through the Fifth Street Block Association.  Essex Transitional also has a relationship with the Newark Pre-School Council. Through this relationship, juveniles provide building maintenance and grounds keeping at various locations throughout Essex County.  
    In addition to its residential component, Essex Transitional provides services to parolees and probationers returning to Essex, Hudson, and Union Counties from both JJC secure-care and community based facilities. Residents at least 16 years of age, with allowable offenses, will enter the transitional component at Essex prior to going home.  
    The transitional program acts as an practice in mechanism for the residents while remaining with a structured environment for a minimum of thirty days. During their stay, the residents prepare to re-enter school or the job market, obtain state issued identifications, attend school and receive counseling services.  
  The transitional setting allows juveniles to gain responsibility gradually as they prepare to return to their communities. The transitional program addresses the individual items in each resident’s aftercare plan and helps each young person adhere to that plan. The transitional program maintains a level of flexibility allowing residents to “step up” to a more restrictive setting or “step down” to a less restrictive setting as necessary.  


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