State of New Jersey
       
Department of Corrections
"Protecting Public Safety by Changing Offender Behavior"
Acting Commissioner
                         Victoria L. Kuhn, Esq.
NJDOC

About Us

Mission Statement

Our mission at the NJDOC is to protect the public by operating safe, secure, and humane correctional facilities. We do this through effective treatment of offenders and by providing services that promote successful reentry into society.

Commissioner Victoria Kuhn

Acting Commissioner

Victoria L. Kuhn, Esq.

About the Acting Commissioner

Victoria L. Kuhn, Esq. is the Acting Commissioner of the New Jersey Department of Corrections with more than 24 years of experience as an attorney with the State of New Jersey, including criminal justice, corrections, anti-discrimination, labor law, and public policy. Her career started as an Assistant Prosecutor, before transitioning to the Office of the Attorney General – Division of Law, where she addressed law enforcement and corrections matters, including federal and state court litigation, excessive force, Megan’s Law, conditions of confinement and assisted in the development of the protocol regarding the sexually violent predator and CSL/PSL laws.

Before she was appointed Acting Commissioner for the NJDOC, Kuhn served as the Department’s Chief of Staff, and previously as the Deputy Chief of Staff, spearheading a number of initiatives. Prior to those roles, Kuhn led the Department's Equal Employment Division, which is charged with ensuring a discrimination and harassment-free work environment. She also oversaw the Office of Employee Relations, responsible for union labor relations, hearing employee grievances, reviewing misconduct, and imposing related discipline.

As Acting Commissioner of the State's second-largest Department, Kuhn is responsible for a budget of nearly $1 billion, approximately 8,000 employees, and the oversight of approximately 13,000 state-sentenced people housed across 11 correctional facilities, county jails, and community halfway houses. Ensuring the Department realizes its mission of operating safe and humane correctional facilities is the Acting Commissioner's core focus, along with the holistic rehabilitation of people who are incarcerated through behavioral therapy, addiction treatment, vocational and educational training, and staff well-being through training and issuance of holistic health resources.

Executive Staff:
The individuals below comprise of the New Jersey Department of Corrections executive staff.

Victoria L. Kuhn, Esq.
Acting Commissioner

Victoria L. Kuhn, Esq.

Tracey Shimonis-Kaminski
Deputy Commissioner

Tracey Shimonis-Kaminski

Willie Bonds
Assistant Commissioner
Division of Operations

Willie Bonds

Kelly Daniels
Assistant Commissioner of Special Investigations Division

Kelly Daniels

Aaron Erven
Assistant Commissioner
Division of Training, Recruitment and Professional Development

Aaron Erven

Donna Gies
Assistant Commissioner
Division of Administration

Donna Gies

Melinda Haley
Assistant Commissioner
Division of Diversity and Legal Affairs

Melinda Haley

Dr. Darcella Sessomes
Assistant Commissioner
Division of Programs and Community Services

Dr. Darcella Sessomes

Helena Tomé
Assistant Commissioner
of Women’s Services

Helena Tomé

Elizabeth Whitlock
Assistant Commissioner
Division of Human Resources and Labor Relations

Elizabeth Whitlock

Our Facilities
The New Jersey Department of Corrections is comprised of 11 correctional facilities and 11 community RCRP Facilities and 1 Assessment Center. Click on a facility name below for important visitor’s information and directions.