Operations and Support
Chaplains are on staff to address the spiritual needs of inmates of all faiths. The chaplains are available to the inmates daily for counseling and make rounds of the facility distributing religious information. Chaplains also schedule religious services and meetings on a regular basis. Services and meetings are also conducted during the weekends - average attendance is 100 inmates.
The Classification unit is responsible for assigning inmates to housing units utilizing an objective classification system and assigning inmates to work as “trustees.” Classification also conducts Protective Custody and Management Control Unit hearings as well as periodic custody reviews for all inmates in the Passaic County Jail..
Keefe Commissary Network is contracted to provide the inmate commissary and inmate trust fund services. Keefe manufactures and distributes commissary and canteen items specifically designed for the correctional facility. Some of the many items offered are ramen noodles, assorted candy, personal hygiene products and clothing & footwear.
Community Release Center
The function of this unit is to identify, screen, and work with the courts to enroll suitable persons/inmates into alternative-to-incarceration programs.
Alternative to Incarceration Programs (AIP) At Passaic County Jail:
In efforts to continually reduce overcrowding at the Passaic County Jail, the Sheriff’s Office runs several Alternative-to-Incarceration Programs. These programs generate approximately $60,000 in revenue annually and include the following programs:
SLAP (Sheriff’s Labor Assistance Program) – Low-level offenders that are sentenced to this program are not housed inside the Passaic County Jail, but instead they report daily to the jail. Once at the jail they are assigned to a work crew and are supervised by a correction officer. These crews perform community service type activities throughout the entire county. This program is extremely beneficial to taxpayers as SLAP participants not only perform community service daily, but they also reduce incarceration costs (as they are not housed inside the jail and pay $8.00 per day to participate in this program).
Home Detention / GPS ankle monitoring Program – This program is also for low-level offenders, but instead of reporting for community service, these offenders must be gainfully employed and must remain at their residence when not at their workplace. These offenders wear a GPS ankle bracelet and all their activities are tracked minute-to-minute. All costs are paid for by the offender.
Work release - This program is also for low-level offenders, but these offenders spend their evenings (or weekends) incarcerated inside the Passaic County Jail and their days at their existing workplace. These offenders must also be gainfully employed, but do not need all their activities tracked minute-to-minute. All costs are paid for by the offender.
Hopedell – This program is for offenders that have committed more serious crimes, but are nearing the end of their sentence. Offenders permitted into this program are incarcerated in Passaic County Jail, but are let out daily as part of community service work crews. These inmates are under constant watch of a correction officer.
Community Release Center Stats:
Hopedell: 11 inmates – daily average
Home detention: 2 offenders – daily average
SLAP: 71 offenders – monthly average
Weekenders: 12 offenders – monthly average.
Housekeeping, Laundry and Supplies
The Housekeeping unit is responsible for the overall cleanliness of the Passaic County Jail. In addition to all inmates being required to clean their immediate living quarters, the Housekeeping unit is comprised of Officers that supervise inmate “trustees" to maintain all other areas of the facility (and limited areas of 435 Hamburg Turnpike). Some of their duties include scrubbing and waxing floors, painting, ensuring cleaning and toiletry supplies are delivered throughout the facility.
The Laundry and Supply area is responsible for washing all inmates clothing and linens on a scheduled basis (currently 4 times per week).
In the event an inmate believes that he/she is not being treated or cared for adequately, the Passaic County Jail provides all inmates with a means to file grievances. All grievances are taken seriously and are handled within a timely manner. Although the majority of all grievances are frivolous and/or unfounded, the jail administration fields an average of 48 grievances per month and provides an appeal process.
The Jail Records unit is responsible for the processing of court paperwork, bails, inmate discharges from the facility, and preparing inmates and records for transfer to state prison. On average, the Passaic County Jail processes 25-30 new admissions into the facility and 15-20 inmates for discharge daily. Inmate shipments to State prison average approximately 60 inmates per month.
The Maintenance unit is responsible for all facility maintenance and repair. This unit is compromised of sworn officers and civilian maintenance repairers that supervise (and teach new skills to) inmates who are trustworthy enough to assist with repairs and projects. These repairs include carpentry, plumbing, electrical, and welding. The Maintenance unit also performs preventative and light maintenance of all facility mechanical systems.
The Ombudsman is the liaison to the inmates for the Jail staff. This office also assists with providing the inmates with an avenue to prepare copies of legal papers for court, assisting with inmate requests for services, and acts as a source of contact for the inmate’s family, friends, attorneys, and probation/parole officers.
Program Services fields requests for and coordinates and schedules all inmate programs and activities. These programs include:
Alcoholics and Narcotics Anonymous – an average of 15 inmates attend per week
Literacy Volunteers of America – inmates teaching inmates to read
Mobile book cart - books given out through out in institution on a daily basis
G.E.D. Classes - 7 inmates have obtained their G.E.D. program so far this year
Women’s Help Group - approximately 25 inmates per week attend
Inmate Law Library - 350+ inmates attend per week (where they prepare for court)
Religious Services – approx. 8 services every weekend
In addition, the officer assigned to Program Services is responsible for the following:
preparing paperwork for inmate disciplinary hearings
serves as the County parole liaison and gathers all necessary paperwork
tracking yearly statistics
mass copying of all Jail forms.