STATE OF NEW JERSEY
PRE-FILED FOR INTRODUCTION IN THE 2014 SESSION
Assemblyman† GORDON M. JOHNSON
District 37 (Bergen)
†††† Requires DOC employees who recruit, interview, and hire corrections officers to have gang awareness training.
CURRENT VERSION OF TEXT
†††† Introduced Pending Technical Review by Legislative Counsel
An Act concerning the recruitment, interviewing, and hiring of corrections officers and supplementing chapter 4 of Title 30 of the Revised Statutes.
†††† Be It Enacted by the Senate and General Assembly of the State of New Jersey:
†††† 1.††† Every employee of the Department of Corrections who participates in any aspect of recruiting, interviewing, or hiring a corrections officer shall have successfully completed a training program in gang awareness approved by the department.
†††† 2.††† This act shall take effect on the first day of the seventh month after enactment, but the commissioner may take such anticipatory action prior to the effective date as needed to effectuate the actís provisions.
†††† This bill would require employees of the Department of Corrections who are involved in the hiring process to have gang awareness training.
†††† Reportedly, gang members are attempting to procure corrections officer positions within this Stateís correctional facilities.† By infiltrating the system, they can provide special treatment to inmate gang members and gain access to confidential gang information collected by the department.† And because of civil service protections, it may prove difficult to remove a corrections officer affiliated with a gang.† Therefore, it is important for persons involved in hiring corrections officers to be trained in how to identify a gang member and recognize gang activity.
†††† This bill was prompted by recommendation 8 of the Assembly Prison Gang Violence Task Force which issued its final report on December 12, 2006.