Detention / Electronic Monitoring Program

The Ocean County Juvenile Services Electronic Monitoring / Home Detention Program provides intensive supervision to participating juveniles, while providing basic rehabilitative services in the juvenile’s home environment. At this time, our Electronic Monitoring Program has both pre-dispositional, as well as post-dispositional components. This allows us to provide alternatives to incarceration for juveniles awaiting adjudication of charges, as well as providing the Court with an alternative sentencing option.

The program strives to meet the cultural needs of each individual client by returning them to the supportive environment of their home and community.
Goals & Objectives of the Electronic Monitoring Program

  • To decrease the population for the Ocean County Juvenile Detention Center.
  • To ensure that each youth released from detention, back into their home remains trouble free and available to the courts. 
  • To provide intensive supervision and services to the participants and their families by utilizing phone contact and home visits, in conjunction with GPS tracking of the participants.
  • To assist each youth in contacting and utilizing appropriate community resources, and to enhance their social adjustment.
Eligibility for Electronic Monitoring Program
 
  • The juvenile must be an Ocean County resident.
  • Juveniles facing third, and/or forth degree, along with disorderly persons charges are eligible for acceptance by the Electronic Monitoring Program / Home Detention Program. The juvenile must be willing to cooperate with all parties involved and with all conditions stated in the Home Detention/ Electronic Monitoring contract.
  • The juvenile must affirm their willingness to cooperate with all parties involved, by reading and signing an Electronic Monitoring / Home Detention contract. The program accepts males and females, and does not discriminate by race, color, creed, religion, sexual preference or area that they reside.
  • The parents or guardians to whom the juvenile will be released must affirm their willingness to cooperate with Electronic Monitoring Officers in enforcing the rules stipulated in the Electronic Monitoring / Home Detention contract. 
  • The program accepts males and females, and does not discriminate with regards to race, color, creed, religion, sexual preference, or area within Ocean County that the juvenile resides.
  • The Electronic Monitoring / Home Detention Program does not accept for placement any individual who is charged with a first or second degree offense, any individual who is charged with a firearms offense, or any individual who is facing waiver to adult status.
  • After reviewing an Electronic Monitoring / Home Detention evaluation, the judge consents to, or denies the release.
Guidelines of Electronic Monitoring
 
  • During their placement with the program, the juvenile must have an approved primary residence in Ocean County, and must remain there until completion of the program.
  • Juveniles placed and/or maintained on Electronic Monitoring / Home Detention during the school year are to attend regularly, and actively participate in their education. Likewise, participants are to cooperate with teachers, administrators, and staff. Suspensions can lead to sanctions up to and including revocation of program placement, and a return to the juvenile detention facility.
  • Juveniles participating in the Electronic Monitoring / Home Detention Program are allowed to attend worship services with their families.
  • Juveniles participating in the Electronic Monitoring / Home Detention Program are allowed to maintain any job at which they may already be employed, or may seek employment during their placement, providing that the job is “on the books” and is at a static location.
  • Although Electronic Monitoring is a 24-hour lockdown program, juveniles are permitted “run of the house” on their property during the day, but are confined to their residence after dark.
  • Juveniles are not allowed to entertain friends in the residence or otherwise on the property for the duration of their placement.
  • Juveniles placed on Electronic Monitoring / Home Detention are usually released from the program at the time of final disposition. However, cooperative participants may be released at any point during case processing at the Court’s discretion
  • In the event that an Electronic Monitoring / Home Detention participant fails to comply with any of the conditions of the program, that individual is subject to sanctions, up to and including revocation of their placement, with an accompanying return to the detention center, in which case a hearing will be held within 24 hours.
  • If a program participant should abscond from supervision, Program Officers will immediately notify the court of the situation and have an arrest warrant issued.
  • Sentenced participants can earn early “good time” release through cooperation with all rules of the program.
Program Coordinator: Duties And Responsibilities
 
  Once judicial approval is given, Program Officers will be responsible for enforcement of Electronic Monitoring / Home Detention rules. 

  • Program Officers interview prospective participants, their parents or guardians, and all individuals who can provide pertinent information on the candidates past behavior and character.Mandatory three contacts a week in person to be made at home, school, work, or the juvenile detention center.
  • After completing their evaluation, Program Officers notify the Court regarding the results of the evaluation by means of a memo.Maintenance of all appropriate records and files.
  • In some cases, Program Officers may be required to appear in court to support and or expand on statements and observations made regarding the candidate. 
  • Program Officers must clearly explain all rules and requirements of the Electronic Monitoring / Home Detention Program to the participant’s, and their guardians satisfaction
  • Program Officers Electronically monitor the movements of all program participants, cross checking participant explanation of their movements, with actual movements as recorded by the GPS tracking equipment
  • Program Officers make regular weekly contact with each participant, their parents, probation officers, school administrators, and program professionals regarding the participant’s behavior and progress.
  • Program Officers inform the Court of all information, both negative and positive, developed during regular face-to-face and telephone contacts with participants and others.
  • Program Officers maintain in-depth files on each participant, including contacts, discussions, efforts at behavioral modification, and movements.