United States District Court for the District of New Jersey has established a reentry court program for certain individuals on post-conviction supervision. Court is held every two weeks in the following courthouses:
Newark: U.S. District Court Judge Madeline Cox-Arleo and U.S. Magistrate Judge Michael Hammer (established in 2012).
Camden: U.S. District Court Judge Noel L. Hillman and U.S. Magistrate Judge Karen M. Williams (established in 2015).
Trenton: U.S. Magistrate Judge Tonianne Bongiovanni, with assistance from U.S. District Court Judge Michael A. Shipp and U.S. Magistrate Judge Lois A. Goodman (established in 2017).
About the District's Reentry Court
ReNew Court focuses on individuals who pose a significant risk of violating the conditions of supervision. Some participants are selected while in custody so that they may join the program immediately upon their release. Others are selected during the early stages of their reentry into the community. Participation is voluntary, and acceptance into the program is determined by the reentry team. Participants are granted a reduction of their supervision term of up to one-year upon successful completion of the program.
The presiding judge – with the aid of an Assistant Federal Public Defender and an Assistant United States Attorney – assists the United States Probation Office with the supervision of participants by conducting regular court sessions attended by all program participants. During each court session, the judge talks to each participant about their progress in reaching goals set by them and the ReNew team. The program adds to the regular oversight of a person under supervision, and utilizes a blend of treatment, education, and job skills training to aid the participant. Sanctions are utilized to address noncompliant conduct or to ensure the safety of our communities.
How Participants Are Selected
The Newark reentry court only accepts individuals who live in Essex County; Camden reentry court is comprised of individuals from Camden and Gloucester counties; and Trenton reentry court includes residents of Trenton and nearby areas.
The Probation Office will determine whether the applicants satisfy the objective eligibility criteria and will recommend participants to the Reentry court team, which will accept eligible participants on a space-available basis.