Department of Corrections Vision and Values

The Ocean County Department of Corrections will be an organizational team that is conducive to camaraderie amongst staff, mutual respect between staff and inmates in surroundings that are physically and environmentally safe. Our staff will be lifelong learners prospering in multicultural harmony, respectful of their internal and external environments, actively participating in bettering their communities, with healthy families and economic security.

The Department acknowledges its legal and moral obligation to comply with all Constitutional rights; Court rulings; and Federal and State statutory law and administrative code. In an effort to ensure compliance with these mandates, the Department has elected to maintain the highest correctional standards by undergoing an external accreditation audit and continuing accreditation from the National Commission on Correctional Heath Care, as well as striving for a perfect score on the New Jersey Department of Corrections annual jail inspection/certification.

The Department acknowledges that the security of the facility, and the welfare and safety of the community, staff and inmates are the principal responsibilities of the Department of Corrections. All efforts will be taken to prevent any breach of security that could endanger the welfare of the general public, staff, and inmates. Departmental Policy and Procedures will be professionally developed and rigorously adhered to in an effort to prevent any breach of security.

The Department also recognizes its obligation to the citizens of the County of Ocean to be fiscally responsible and utilize sound management practices in pursuit of its mission. To this end the Department promotes and supports the professional development of its employees and the implementation of state of the art correctional practices. It is committed to providing continuous staff training on current correctional issues and encourages personal development through continuing education.

It is both the policy and practice of the Ocean County Department of Corrections to afford equal opportunities to qualified individuals regardless of race, color, national origin, ancestry, age, sex, marital status, political affiliation, disability or handicap as defined by the American Disabilities Act. Additionally all persons incarcerated will be afforded equal participation in any and all programs offered by the institution such as religious services, recreational activities, educational, rehabilitation and legal services subject to requirements of institutional security.