Quality, Integrity, & Accountability in Community Corrections

Kintock Connection

The Kintock Group of New Jersey, Inc. is excited to announce that on September 25, 2017, the company purchased all three of the residential buildings located at 50 Fenwick Street and the CRC building located at 19 Meeker Street in Newark, NJ. Since 1994, Kintock has been providing community correctional re-entry and behavioral health treatment services at the facilities located at 50 Fenwick and 19 Meeker Streets, and leased the buildings during this period of time. Ms. DeBarri believes that the acquisition will allow Kintock greater flexibility in being able to expand our programs and services.

“I am extremely pleased that Kintock was able to purchase the Newark property this past fall and I am especially enthusiastic about the prospect of being able to expand our re-entry and behavioural treatment services and programs at the Newark complex,” said Ms. DeBarri.

The entire Newark property is comprised of an 87,690 square foot building area that is spread across three, two-story buildings. The buildings currently house clients referred by the New Jersey Department of Corrections (NJDOC) and the New Jersey State Parole Board (NJSPB).

In addition to purchasing the Newark buildings, Kintock is also in the process of improving the buildings and property, to include but not limited to, installing new roofs, windows and a perimeter security fence. The improvements will ensure that the facilities are in top condition and able accommodate Kintock’s programs and services for years to come, while also providing heightened security for clients, staff and the local community.

Kintock is pleased to announce that its Bridgeton, New Jersey facility has successfully passed the company’s second PREA (Prison Rape Elimination Act) audit, achieving 100% compliance on all applicable standards. Kintock’s Bridgeton site had the first PREA audit in 2015.

The Prison Rape Elimination Act of 2003 (PREA) is the first United States federal law passed dealing with the sexual assault of prisoners. The bill was signed into law on September 4, 2003. PREA calls for Federal, State, and local corrections systems to have a zero-tolerance policy regarding prison rape (as defined by PREA) in prisons, jails, police lock-ups, and other confinement facilities. According to the PREA Act, all confinement facilities must be audited at least every three years to remain compliant with the Federal Law.

The audit, which took place between March 6 and 7th, was conducted by a Certified Department of Justice PREA Auditor, who submitted his findings and recommendations to the Department of Justice. The Bridgeton programs were evaluated for compliance with all PREA Standards applicable to Community Confinement facilities.

“The audits are conducted over three phases, the pre-audit, audit, and corrective action plan. It is extremely rare to need to exercise the corrective action plan phase,” explained Nicola Cucinotta, Corporate Director of Quality Assurance. Kintock met all the applicable national PREA standards during the Pre-audit and audit phases, thus there was no need for corrective action.

“Twenty-three staff and residents were interviewed during the audit, said Ms. Cucinotta. “The training department should be commended as it was evident that Kintock’s staff, contractors, residents and volunteers were well versed with PREA procedures,” she noted.

No PREA Claims Filed During Last Year

“I am so pleased to report that there have been no PREA claims made at any of our facilities over the past year,” added Ms. Cucinotta.

“I am extremely proud that our Bridgeton site has exceeded the PREA standards determined by the Department of Justice,” said Diane DeBarri, Chairman and CEO of Kintock.

Kintock is committed to maintaining safe facilities. As part of this commitment, Kintock has implemented procedures across the organization to reinforce the company’s zero tolerance policy toward sexual abuse and sexual assault. To meet that goal, Kintock, has expanded its mandatory employee prevention training requirements. Kintock’s extensive training program and instruction is designed to ensure that all facility staff, residents, volunteers and contractors are proficient with the National PREA standards and language. Training educates employees on how to identify potential victims and perpetrators and teaches appropriate responses and reporting procedures.

However, “training covers much more than prison sexual assault; it includes sensitivity training to address a range of behaviors, including sexual abuse and sexual harassment,” explained Deborah Oree, Corporate Director of Training. “Our efforts have led to a heightened awareness among staff concerning issues pertaining to sexual assault and abuse. This in turn reinforces our commitment to a corporate culture that embraces PREA standards, ” added Ms. Oree.

In addition to PREA training, residents are provided with PREA information pamphlets upon admittance. Throughout each facility, Kintock posts emergency contact information for outside victim advocacy groups that residents may contact anonymously. Kintock also maintains an electronic reporting mechanism on its website that allows a third-party to report a PREA violation.

Kintock is excited to announce plans to expand its corporate headquarters in Fort Washington, Pennsylvania. Construction is expected to begin imminently and be completed early this summer. The expansion will include the addition of a large training room that will accommodate approximately 20 participants, as well as and two additional offices for staff.  The new space will be used to conduct company-wide training for all Kintock employees. 

“We are very pleased to be able to add this much needed space to our corporate office to allow us to hold more training programs, staff development and program meetings onsite,” explained Gretchen Wiseman, Chief Administrative Officer. “With our program locations spread across the Northern and Southern New Jersey and Philadelphia areas, Kintock felt that it would be beneficial to have the ability to host staff trainings at our corporate headquarters, which is a more central location for facility staff,” added Ms. Wiseman.

Residents of Kintock’s Bridgeton residential treatment and work release program are putting into practice important steps to successful reintegration through their dedicated efforts to keep East Vineland’s Little League Baseball Fields in good condition for the local teams.

Under the supervision of a resident supervisor, five-residents report to the East Vineland Ball Field on Tuesdays from the end of March until October to assist city workers in ground maintenance that includes weeding, dragging the infield, painting, maintaining dugouts and press box,  as well as cleaning up trash on the fields and the parking lot. The Detail is supervised by a Resident Supervisor.

“Participating in this and other community service projects gives residents the opportunity to play a positive role and contribute to the community, something many residents have never done before,” explained Marcos DeJesus, Site Administrator at Kintock Bridgeton.

“The opportunity to give back to their community not only supports treatment goals, but teaches residents that they have a stake in their communities. This is a valuable realization as residents prepare to transition back into the community as productive members of society,” he added.

“This partnership has been a wonderful opportunity for East Vineland Little League. We have services provided to us that would be otherwise neglected due to our volunteers' busy work and home schedules. We would like to express our sincere appreciation to The Kintock Group for this program and the residents who service our facility for their exceptional services they provide to us,” said Jeffrey M. Bordie, President, East Vineland Little League.

The ongoing arrangement with the East Vineland Little League came about in 2014 after two staff members, Michael Kenney, Director of Operations and Frank Buczynski, Senior Operations Manager reached out to the East Vineland Little League to suggest collaborating with Kintock to allow residents to volunteer at the ball field. Under the arrangement, a group of five residents work on the ball field detail for 30-day increments.  Kintock provides transportation to and from the field, along with a Residential Supervisor to oversee their work.

“I am very pleased at the wonderful work that our residents are doing in supporting the community and look forward to continuing to partner with the East Vineland Little League in this mutually beneficial arrangement,” said Mr. DeJesus.

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