Walter Hopson, Superintendent
P.O. Box 2191
165 Sunset Ave.
Toms River, NJ 08754
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Resident Handbook (Online version)
This information has been prepared to help you understand the operations of the Detention Center. It will help you to know what to expect and what is expected of you during your stay at the Center. Read it carefully and ask questions if anything is unclear to you.
The rules and regulations contained in this booklet do not cover all situations that may arise, but rather serve as a basic guide for your conduct and Detention Center procedures. These Rules and Regulations are subject to change and these changes will be posted inside the Center.
The Juvenile Detention facility provides short-term care in secure custody as well as basic rehabilitative services to those juveniles placed here under the provisions of New Jersey statutes.
In addition there is an attempt to change the juvenile’s behavior through the establishment of a therapeutic environment founded on behavior therapies.
Clear, concrete, realistic behavioral rules are therefore established to develop:
Upon admission to the facility, residents are assigned to the Classification Unit and will remain there for a minimum of 5 days to complete educational testing, Social Service Intake, and orientation to facility rules and procedures.
In this unit, resident behavior will be monitored using the point system.
Once the orientation process is completed, combined with acceptable behavior, new residents may be placed directly into a housing pod or following a housing unit, pending space availability. Once placed into a housing unit, residents may lose this privilege for failure to follow facility rules and procedures and be reassigned to the Classification Unit, where they will undergo a reorientation process focusing on social skills and anger management.
While reassigned to Classification, residents will be expected to participate in any assigned work details, as well as all assigned classes and counseling.
Classification Unit privileges are as follows:
Visiting hours are scheduled for weekend days (Saturday and Sunday).
One weekday evening (Wednesday) is scheduled for Special Visits for residents on Honors Level.
Middlers Level residents may receive a Special Visit after 30 days subject to approval by Social Services.
Hours are posted according to housing unit and room assignment.
Only parents and or guardians are allowed to visit. Any exceptions for visiting must be requested by the resident in writing, submitted to Social Services for approval.
Professionals such as Lawyers, Social Workers, DYFS Workers, Probation Officers, Clergy, etc. may visit daily from 9 AM to 4 PM and are not counted as a visit.
Only outgoing collect calls are allowed. Residents on Middler Level are allowed two (2) calls per week on Tuesday and Friday evenings. Each call can be seven (7) minutes long. Residents on Honors Level can make earned calls any night.
Calls to professionals such as Lawyers, DYFS workers, Probation Officers, etc. are requested in writing to Social Services.
You are permitted to receive and send letters while you are at this facility. Envelopes and paper are provided by the facility. Incoming mail is distributed daily. All incoming mail is opened in your presence in order to remove any money or other items not permitted while in residence. All money will be counted, logged, and placed in your personal property envelopes.
Clothing and personal property
All residents are issued facility clothing and grooming supplies upon admission. All personal property (money, jewelry, etc.) is placed in a personal property envelope and either given to parents and/or guardians at their first visit or returned to you upon discharge.
Additional grooming aids may be supplied by parents/guardians to those residents on Middler or Honors Level. These aids must be non-aerosol, and/or clear plastic containers. Sneakers are the only approved footwear to be worn in the facility. Togs will be provided upon admission to those residents not having sneakers.
You will be given a complete physical examination upon your admission to the Center.
A Doctor and/or nurse will be available daily.
Any resident wishing to see the Doctor or Nurse must make the request to the Shift Supervisor through a Detention Officer.
Residents are not permitted to have or use medication unless it has been authorized or prescribed by the Center’s Doctor.
You will also receive a dental screening after your admission. Emergency dental services will be provided as needed.
The Social Service staff are here to help you solve problems and to provide counseling and support. Residents who wish to see the Social Service staff must make the request through the Detention Officer staff on a written request form.
A minimum of one (1) hour of outdoor activity is scheduled daily throughout the year - weather permitting. A weight training program and other indoor and/or outdoor activities are also available.
State Law does not permit smoking by residents in the facility.
Discipline is necessary, not only to maintain control and security, but also to provide a safe, sound, and civilized environment. Cruel and humiliating punishment is NOT allowed.
All privileges are based upon a positive behavior system. Your cooperative behavior throughout the day will earn you the necessary points to receive all available privileges.
Uncooperative behavior will prevent you from earning the points necessary to receive the available privileges. The less points you earn the less privileges you receive.
There are two (2) types of uncooperative behavior that you must be aware of - Minor offenses and Serious offenses.
Behavior review board
This Board shall consist minimally of one (1) Social Services staff member, and a Shift Supervisor or OIC.
The Board shall review all serious rule infractions by residents, all referred rule infractions, and the resulting disciplinary measures.
The Board shall convene within 24 hours, including weekends and holidays, after it has been notified by the Shift Supervisor unless such hearing is prevented by exceptional circumstances, unavoidable delays, or reasonable postponements.
The Board can curtail, modify, or add to any disciplinary measure already imposed depending on the facts of the incident.
All decisions are reviewed by the Chief/Assistant Chief of Custody for appropriateness and fairness.
You can grieve the conditions, rules, and treatment by the staff.
You CANNOT grieve Court decisions and policies, agencies outside the Detention Center, disciplinary decisions, Probation decisions, and Legislative actions that affect the Detention Center
The purpose of the Detention Center School is to provide an individual ized educational program to residents of the institution aimed at providing for the cognitive and developmental needs of each resident in compliance with all applicable rules, regulations and provisions of the New Jersey Educational Act of 1975 (NJSA 18:1 et seq.).
This will enable each resident to return to his/her district school upon discharge from the Ocean County Detention Center and continue where he/she left off academically.
Each resident’s educational skills, interest and talents are assessed and an individualized program will be developed.
English, Social Studies, Science, Math, and Physical education are taught during the academic year, which is a minimum of 220 days.
Progress Reports : The progress reports will reflect improvements and satisfactory adjustments. The reports are forwarded to the residents’ school district for credit.
Sanitation and hygiene
You cannot be released from the Detention Center without the approval of the Family Court Judge.