Vicinage Asst. Chief Probation Officer
595 Newark Avenue
Jersey City, New Jersey 07306
- Adult Supervision
- Domestic Violence Supervision
- Conditional Discharge
- Intoxicated Driver Resource Center
- Collections Unit/Comprehensive Enforcement Program Unit
- Family Supervision/Special Programs
In New Jersey, Probation Supervision evolved to offer the Courts a sentencing alternative for individuals who were not appropriate for incarceration or an unstructured return to the community.
Probation Supervision consists of maintaining regular contact with the offender through office visits, community contacts with the offender, family, schools, police, employers or any involved community agencies. The offender is required to adhere to the rules of probation and may be required to complete additional conditions such as counseling, community service, or payment of fines, restitution and penalties.
Adult Supervision is a sentencing option available to the Superior Court and the Municipal Courts. It is a privilege which offers the offender an alternative to incarceration. Adult Supervision emphasizes compliance with court orders and protection of the community. At the same time, the Probation Officer assists the offender in identifying and resolving problem areas in the offender’s life. This unit has also developed a specialized caseload for offenders convicted of offenses identified as "Megan’s Law".
Domestic Violence Supervision is a dispositional option available to Family and Criminal Division Judges when sentencing individuals involved in acts of family violence or found guilty of violating a restraining order that was previously imposed. This is a specialized caseload.
Conditional Discharge is a diversionary dispositional program offering eligible first time drug offenders the opportunity to have their matter diverted from the normal criminal process by completing a period of supervision ranging from a minimum of six months to a maximum of three years.
The Intoxicated Driver Resource Center (IDRC) deals with offenders who have been convicted of an alcohol or drug-related traffic or boating offense (Driving Under the Influence [DUI]). A first time offender must attend a twelve hour educational program conducted by certified alcoholism counselors. A second offender, not sentenced to jail or inpatient treatment must attend a 48 hour program. First and second time offenders are also evaluated as to level of dependence and may be referred for additional treatment. Third and subsequent offenders may be sentenced to jail or inpatient treatment program or both and will be scheduled to attend the twelve hour program for follow up and may be referred for additional treatment. The IDRC program monitors the compliance with these requirements and reports to the court and state authorities non-compliance or compliance. In all instances the offender must satisfy the program fee and treatment requirements before the license is restored.
The Collections Unit and Comprehensive Enforcement Program Unit are primarily responsible for the collection of court imposed financial obligations. The Collections Unit monitors and enforces the collection of obligations when the individual is not placed under supervision and for those individuals who have successfully completed the term of supervision, but continue to owe money.
The Comprehensive Enforcement Program (CEP) offers a person, unable to comply with a payment obligation, an opportunity to agree to a payment plan that allows them to meet other obligations while satisfying the court. A non-compliance hearing is scheduled before a hearing officer who attempts to reach an agreement with the individual without judicial intervention.
This unit of the Probation Division consists of the Juvenile Supervision Unit, the Domestic Violence Supervision Unit, Community Service, Pre-Trial Intervention, the Family and Neighborhood Dispute Resolution Unit and several other community-based programs.
Juvenile Supervision is a dispositional alternative available to the Family Court for those juvenile offenders who can be best rehabilitated in their own community. The juvenile is required to report regularly to the Probation Officer who provides counseling, refers to treatment, and insures compliance with all special conditions of probation. It includes a specialized sex offender caseload.
Pre-Trial Intervention is a diversionary program offering offenders charged with indictable offenses an opportunity to have their cases diverted from the normal criminal process. Successful completion of the program results in the dismissal of the charges. Failure to successfully complete the program results in a continuance of the legal process.
The unit also consists of special programs such as Domestic Violence Awareness, the Speaker’s Bureau, Juvenile Recreation and the School-Based Probation Officer Program. These programs are basically community-based and involve partnerships with area schools, church groups and other civic organizations.
Community Service is a dispositional option for the Criminal, Family and Municipal Courts. It enables both the offender and the community to feel a sense of responsibility in the rehabilitation process. The community further benefits from the additional human resources provided free by the placement of offenders in public service and nonprofit agencies, such as hospitals, rescue squads, fire departments and local municipal programs.