Parole violator program participants undergo a comprehensive battery of assessment that measure psychological, behavioral, social, familial, educational, and vocational skills and needs. The results of these evaluations are used to develop an Individual Treatment Program for each offender. The resident's progress in addressing problem areas is assessed periodically by the treatment team. In addition, residents receive counseling in a number of areas, including substance abuse treatment, individual, family and group therapy, didactic lectures and workshops, community meetings, morning reflections and Alcoholics and Narcotics Anonymous meetings.
Regional Assessment Centers
The Regional Assessment Centers (RACs) are operated by CEC at two New Jersey locations, Delaney Hall in Newark and Bo Robinson in Trenton for the New Jersey State Parole Board. The RACs were developed as an investment in public safety, and a method to save taxpayer dollars by reducing the rate at which technical parole violators are returned to prison.
The RACs hold technical parole violators to a 15- to 30-day lockdown period, while subjecting them to a clinical risk-needs assessment. The assessment helps the State Parole Board make better-informed decisions as to whether the technical violator should be continued on parole with intensified supervision and programming, or whether the individual should be returned to prison.
In 2009, the RACs were awarded an Innovations Award by the Council of State Governments. The annual award recognizes eight state-based initiatives on the quality of their newness, creativity, effectiveness, transferability, and significance. The awards were established in 1986 to highlight new and effective state programs. The award was announced on August 2 at the 49th Annual Meeting and Regional Policy Forum of the Council's Eastern Regional Conference.
Technical parole violators are parolees who have committed a technical violation of the conditions of their supervision, but have not been charged with a new crime or significantly threatened public safety. Most technical violations are consistent with a relapse in addiction, and indicate intensified supervision and treatment as an appropriate response for public safety.