|State of New Jersey
"Protecting Public Safety by Changing Offender Behavior"
Victoria L. Kuhn, Esq.
NJDOC volunteers support the overall mission of the department and are essential in the effective delivery of programming and supportive services for the offender population. The major goal of the Office of Volunteer Services is to ensure the proper recruitment, processing, training, evaluation and recognition of NJDOC volunteers. As such, the Office of Volunteer Services, through assistance from volunteer coordinators in each institution, recruits, trains and supports individuals throughout the community who seek to volunteer in the areas of religious services, educational and social services programming, medical/psychological services, administration, community programming and recreational services.
The New Jersey State Correctional Police Officer is responsible, during an assigned tour of duty, to ensure the custody, safety and care of incarcerated individuals confined in State correctional facilities.
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The Prison Rape Elimination Act at the New Jersey Department of Corrections
Signed into federal law in 2003, PREA is designed to prevent, detect, and respond to incidences of sexual abuse and sexual harassment in confinement facilities.
Effective May 5, 2023.
UPDATE: VISITATION PROGRAM GUIDELINES
NJDOC Announces Upcoming Changes to Visitation Program Vaccination Requirements.
Effective May 6, 2023, the NJDOC will be returning to Pre-Pandemic Indoor, Contact Visitation guidelines
ORANGE (HIGH RISK):
YELLOW (MEDIUM RISK):
GREEN (LOW RISK):
Each institution is to continue with the pre-visit screening process via temperature checks, and the completion of the questionnaire for all visitors prior to entry into the facility. Additionally, in-person visits will continue to be scheduled by appointment only. The NJDOC reserves the right to fully suspend all in-person visitations secondary to a substantial increase or outbreak of cases. Outdoor visits may be suspended for inclement weather (40 °F and/or inclement weather).
Visits sessions will not be limited to one (1) hour and will be conducted in accordance with institutional need and schedule to accommodate the need for indoor and/or outdoor visitation. Prospective visitors should be made aware of timeframes when visits are being scheduled. (*this does not apply to required timeframes for incarcerated primary caretaker visits).
Moreover, please note the definition of the “up-to-date” standard to determine visitation levels.
With this in mind, members of the incarcerated population are encouraged to obtain their COVID-19 booster so that they can remain eligible for in-person visitation.
Individuals are best protected when they are up to date with COVID-19 vaccines, which includes receiving a bivalent booster when eligible. All adults 18 or older are recommended to receive their bivalent booster vaccine.
Acceptable documentation for visiting party proof of Up to Date vaccination status: Vaccination card, Docket App, Doctor/NP/PA note.