Main Office: 1143 E. Jersey Street
Elizabeth, NJ 07201
Satellite Office: 315 E. Front Street
Plainfield, NJ 07060
As an integral part of the Judiciary, Probation plays a vital role as the post dispositional enforcement arm of the court.
"The role of Probation is to promote the welfare and safety of children, families and communities in New Jersey by enforcing court orders, supervising offenders, monitoring behavior, and intervening to produce positive outcomes."
The major units of operation are:
|Child Support Enforcement||(877) 655-4371|
|Adult Supervision (Elizabeth Office)||(908) 659-4025|
|Adult Supervision (Plainfield Office)||(908) 822-1460|
|Collection Enforcement||(908) 659-4084|
|Community Service Enforcement||(908) 659-4084|
|Juvenile Supervision||(908) 659-4000|
The Union County Probation Division is committed to achieving statewide operational goals in all units by providing comprehensive quality supervision, services and enforcement.
- Reduced Probationer Arrests
- Reduced Substance Abuse
- Increased Community Service Compliance
- Increased Collection of Restitution, Fees and Fines
- Increased School Attendance
- Increased Employment
- Increased Compliance with Court-Ordered Treatment
Vicinage Chief Probation Officer
Herbert K. Francis, Jr.
Vicinage Assistant Chief Probation Officer
Adult Supervision Unit
Operational Goals: Reduced probationer arrests, reduced substance abuse, increased collection of restitution, fines and fees, increased employment, increased compliance with court-ordered treatment
The Adult Supervision Unit supervises all offenders placed on probation or placed under supervision by the Superior, Family and Municipal Courts. Every case is evaluated and a case plan developed to ensure compliance with the court order. The officers monitor the probationer and assure that the standard and any special conditions of probation are enforced.
Domestic Violence Program
An experienced officer provides intensive supervision to offenders placed on probation by the Family or Superior Courts for an offense involving domestic violence. These high-risk offenders are closely monitored for full compliance with all conditions of the probation order. The officer also reaches out to the victim to assure that the offender adheres to any active restraining order.
Sex Offender Program
A master probation officer supervises a caseload of sexual offenders. In addition to ensuring compliance with the court order, the officer works with the prosecutor's office to verify that the offenders register under Megan's Law and comply with DNA testing. Court ordered psychiatric treatment is closely monitored as are any other court ordered special conditions.
This program provides the courts with the ability to increase the sanctions of probation without incarceration. An officer utilizing an electronic monitoring system is able to supervise offenders serving terms of up to 90 days on house arrest. The scope of the confinement is adjusted pursuant to the order and can allow the probationer the ability to leave his/her home for employment.
Drug Court Community Supervision
Probation officers provide intensive supervision of drug court participants in all phases of Drug Court and levels of treatment. Officers monitor offender behavior in the community, conduct urinalysis and provide supportive services including referral for job readiness training and job placement. It is the responsibility of drug court officers to provide information to the drug court team regarding the offender's adjustment and compliance with court directives.
Offender Employment Services
Officers refer offenders to our employment specialist for assessment of employment needs, appropriate employment readiness services, training, education or employment. The employment specialist completes an assessment of offender's employment needs and formulizes a case plan which addresses barriers to employment. The employment specialist provides on-going support, linkage to appropriate education or training as well as assistance to offenders in their job search. The employment specialist is actively involved in job development for offenders as well. Probation is a formal partner with the One Stop Career Centers in Union County and, as such, provides on-site assistance and has direct access to all local job fairs and employment opportunities.
Community Service Unit
Operational Goal: Increased community service compliance
The Community Service Unit enforces compliance with completion of court ordered community service hours. The unit is responsible for placement of offenders at appropriate community service sites and monitoring of hours completed. Offenders who are not compliant are listed for a contempt of court hearing. Possible sanctions include enforced community service through the sheriff's labor assistance program.
Collection Enforcement Unit
Operational Goal: Increased collection of restitution, fees and fines
The Collection Enforcement Unit has the responsibility of enforcing regular payment through a variety of measures including payment plans, tax offsets and civil judgments. Defendants who are not in compliance are listed for a contempt of court hearing before a hearing officer. The possible outcomes of such hearings include suspension of driver's license, lump sum payments, wage executions, and enforced community service through the sheriff's labor assistance program. Bench warrants are issued for failure to appear for such hearings.
Juvenile Supervision Unit
Operational Goals: Reduced probationer arrests, increased school attendance, increased employment, increased compliance with court ordered treatment, reduced substance abuse
The Juvenile Unit monitors, supervises and enforces the compliance of adjudicated youth with the completion of all standard and special conditions of probation. Within the unit, specialized programs have been designed to customize supervision to effectively address assessed needs. Each case is assessed and a case plan is formulated. The case plan focuses the supervision of the juvenile towards compliance and achievement of positive outcomes in line with operational goals.
Intensive Contact Program
This program provides the court with a viable alternative to address the needs of high-risk probationers. The specialized caseload was developed to provide enhanced supervision of juveniles who are at risk of re-offending based on assessment of their needs, delinquency involvement and current functioning. This program of highly structured community supervision seeks to reduce the number of probationers who re-offend by using intensive probationary supervision and community services.
State Incentive Program
Probation officer provides intensive supervision to juveniles who are mandated to attend residentially assisted day treatment programs. This program is funded by the Juvenile Justice Commission for juveniles who are at risk of placement in Jamesburg. This community program provides intensive individual and family counseling, mandated educational/vocational and recreational components as well as community service. The program is one year in length which includes six months of intensive aftercare.
The program addresses the need to enhance supervision of juvenile offenders to increase compliance with probation conditions. In partnership with the Plainfield Police Department, probationers are accompanied by police officers doing night home visits. The purpose of these visits is to monitor compliance with such conditions as curfew and school attendance. Officers are able to effectively sanction non-compliance by increasing visibility in the community with police protection.
Juvenile Sex Offender Program
A specialized caseload has been developed under the supervision of a master level probation officer to work with juveniles who have been adjudicated for sex offenses. This probation officer works closely with the prosecutor's office and treatment providers to coordinate comprehensive assessment, evaluation and case planning for this population. Intensive monitoring of compliance with court ordered treatment increases compliance and reduces recidivism.
Electronic Monitoring Program
The program addresses the need to more closely monitor probationers who are released from detention pending a hearing on subsequent charges or violation of probation. Electronic monitoring is also used as part of a continuum of sanctions for non-compliance with probation stipulated conditions. The Intensive Contact Unit and the State Incentive Program utilize electronic monitoring as an essential component of each of their program as well.
Service Learning Program
The program seeks to make more meaningful the hours of community service that are ordered by the court. The community service experience is discussed within the contest of the cognitive skills curriculum in an attempt to develop the meaning and purpose of community service activities. These activities are designed to instill a sense of responsibility as juveniles comprehend the impact of crime on victims, families and community.
Multi-Disciplinary Team Aftercare Program
The monthly multi-disciplinary team meeting established a comprehensive case plan on all juveniles returning from residential placement. The team, which is chaired by probation, consists of community agencies and the Youth Service Commission along with the juvenile and his parent. The goal of the program is to clearly outline the responsibility of the juvenile upon his return home. The program enables a more effective transition home with the greater likelihood of compliance.
Cultural Awareness and Recreation Program
The program provides probationers with recreational and cultural experiences, which broaden their experiences, are engaging and provide opportunities for positive interventions by probation officers. Such events are used as incentives for compliance.