Detention / Electronic Monitoring Program
The Ocean County Juvenile Detention Center's Electronic Monitoring Home Detention Program provides basic rehabilitative services while maintaining intensive supervision to the juveniles in a practical manner in their home environment.
The project meets cultural needs of each individual client by returning the juvenile back to their supportive culture, being their home environment.
Goals & Objectives of the Electronic Monitoring Program
- To decrease the population for the Ocean County Juvenile Detention Center.
- To assist each youth released from detention in their own home to remain trouble free and available to the courts.
- To provide intensive supervision and services to the youth and his/her family by periodically visiting and phoning the home and speaking with both the youth and his parents.
- To assist each youth in contacting and utilizing appropriate community resources if necessary and to enhance his/her social adjustment.
Eligibility for Electronic Monitoring Program
- Presumption of first or second degree offenses deems juvenile ineligible for Home Detention/Electronic Monitoring program, to include youth pending waiver.
- The juvenile who has been remanded to the facility by the court, past the probable cause hearing and/or who may be/are eligible to be released into the custody of their parents/ guardians, but needs more supervision and structure than the home can provide.
- The parents/guardians to whom the juvenile will be released must have an in service telephone line without features (i.e. call waiting, three?way calling, call forwarding, call block, and priority calling).
- Juvenile must be in school or pursuing GED, if unable to do so then juvenile will be employed on full/part time basis if age appropriate.
- The juvenile must be willing to cooperate with all parties involved and with all conditions stated in the Home Detention/ Electronic Monitoring contract.
- The parents/guardians to whom the juvenile will be released must be willing to uphold the conditions of the contract and this program.
- The program accepts males and females, and does not discriminate by race, color, creed, religion, sexual preference or area that they reside.
- The juvenile must be a Ocean County resident.
- After reviewing the Home Detention/Electronic Monitoring proposal, the judge consents or denies the release, signs a Home Detention Release and orders a release under such special conditions as deemed necessary
Guidelines of Electronic Monitoring
- Home Detention requirements may be included in contract on an individual basis and in conjunction with the normal contract regulations. Other appropriate requirements may be included in the contract by the judge, Juvenile Detention Center Home Detention Coordinator.
- During the period of Home Detention, the juvenile must have an approved primary residence in Ocean. County, and must remain there until completion of the program.
- The juvenile must agree to the conditions of the Home Detention/Electronic Monitoring program and all other conditions stipulated.
- The parents/guardians must also accept the conditions of Home Detention/Electronic Monitoring program and other appropriate requirements stipulated. They must be willing to take an active role in the entire process.
- Once the decision has been made to accept a youth in Home Detention/Electronic Monitoring program and Judicial approval is given, a contract is written with both the youth and his/her parents to clearly establish expectations and goals. The youth is then released from detention into Home Detention on a conditional basis (conditions being the terms of the contract). Prior to the disposition hearing, the Home Detention Coordinator will submit a report detailing the performance of the youth on Home Detention/Electronic Monitoring to be included in his/her Predisposition Report (if necessary).
- A youth place on Home Detention/Electronic Monitoring will be released from this program when disposition has been made. However, if the youth has shown the court an improvement in his/her overall behavior he/she may be released earlier than the time of disposition.
- All efforts should be made to dispose of pending charges as if the youth were still in active detention (adjudication and disposition requirements) so as not to backlog and overpopulate the Home Detention/Electronic Monitoring program.
- In the event that a Home Detention/Electronic Monitoring program participant fails to comply with any of the conditions of the program, he/she can be violated and returned to the Detention Center and a review hearing will be scheduled for the next court day.
- If a program participant should abscond from supervision or refuse to return to the facility when deemed necessary, the program coordinator will immediately notify the court of the situation and have an arrest warrant issued. Upon issuance of a warrant, the participant will be returned to the detention center.
Program Coordinator: Duties And Responsibilities
Once a Judicial approval is given, the program coordinator will be responsible for the enforcement of the Home Detention/ Electronic Monitoring contract which will include reporting to the court and facility the problems and progress of the program participants.
- After the initial interview by Family Court staff to make the initial contact with the program candidate and parents or legal guardians to explain the program and ascertain acceptability.
- After completion of the home visit, to report candidates acceptability to the Court through the Family Court staff.
- Mandatory three contacts a week in person to be made at home, school, work, or the juvenile detention center.
- To make investigations, reports and recommendations to the Family Court when appropriate.
- Maintenance of all appropriate records and files.
- Maintain contact with program participant's attorney, probation officer, D.Y.F.S. worker, school and employer through attendance at the interagency staff meeting