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NCJ Number: 62995 Find in a Library
Title: NEW JERSEY - DEPARTMENT OF CORRECTIONS - PROGRAM AREA EVALUATION - STATE CORRECTIONAL TREATMENT TEAMS
Author(s): G J WALTERS
Corporate Author: New Jersey Dept of Corrections
United States of America
Date Published: 1978
Page Count: 46
Sponsoring Agency: National Institute of Justice/
Rockville, MD 20849
New Jersey Dept of Corrections
Trenton, NJ 08628
Sale Source: National Institute of Justice/
NCJRS paper reproduction
Box 6000, Dept F
Rockville, MD 20849
United States of America
Document: PDF
Type: Program/Project Evaluation
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: FINDINGS AND RECOMMENDATIONS ARE REPORTED FROM AN EVALUATION OF SOCIAL SERVICES OFFERED AT THE FOUR NEW JERSEY STATE PRISONS.
Abstract: IN 1972, THE NEW JERSEY STATE LAW ENFORCEMENT PLANNING AGENCY RECOGNIZED THE NEED FOR IMPROVING THE DIRECT TREATMENT SERVICES IN STATE PRISONS. AS A RESULT, TREATMENT TEAMS WERE ESTABLISHED IN THE FOUR ADULT CORRECTIONAL FACILITIES TO PERFORM THE FOLLOWING DUTIES: (1) INCREASE THE TYPES OF SERVICES OFFERED; (2) IMPROVE THE CLASSIFICATION SYSTEM BY IDENTIFYING INMATES WHO HAVE SPECIAL NEEDS; (3) DEVELOP SPECIALIZED TREATMENT PLANS FOR THOSE JUST ENTERING THE PRISONS; AND (4) IMPROVE CLASSIFICATION AND PAROLE DECISIONS BY PREPARING EVALUATIVE INMATE PROGRESS REPORTS. BASED UPON DATA OBTAINED FROM THE INMATE CONTACT FORM, INFORMATION ON EACH INMATE RECEIVING SERVICES AND THE TYPE OF SERVICE PROVIDED WAS ANALYZED AND THE WORK OF THE TREATMENT TEAMS WAS EVALUATED. THE FOLLOWING RECOMMENDATIONS ARE OFFERED: (1) THE SOCIAL SERVICE DEPARTMENT SHOULD CONTINUE ITS EFFORT TO ACHIEVE RECOGNITION AS AN INTEGRAL PART OF THE ADMINISTRATIVE STRUCTURE; (2) DEPARTMENTAL MEETINGS SHOULD BE SCHEDULED REGULARLY; (3) A FORMAL, OBLIGATORY TRAINING PROGRAM SHOULD BE DEVELOPED; (4) A COMPREHENSIVE INTAKE ORIENTATION PROGRAM SHOULD BE DEVELOPED; (5) SOCIAL WORKERS SHOUD HAVE FIXED CASELOADS; (6) A STANDARDIZED INMATE CONTACT FORM SHOULD BE IMPLEMENTED; (7) MORE EMPHASIS SHOULD BE PLACED ON PROVIDING FORMAL COUNSELING SERVICES; (8) SOCIAL WORKERS SHOULD CONTINUE TO DEVELOP INSTITUTIONAL AND COMMUNITY RESOURCES AS REFERRAL AGENTS; AND (9) A FULL-TIME SECRETARY SHOULD BE ASSIGNED TO EACH DEPARTMENT. THE APPENDIXES INCLUDE DRUG PROGRAM DESCRIPTION, AND A COPY OF THE DATA COLLECTION INSTRUMENT. (RCB)
Index Term(s): Correctional institutions (adult); Inmate Programs; New Jersey; Program evaluation; Services; Social work; Treatment
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