Intensive Supervision Program (ISP) Unit

Intensive Supervision Program (ISP) special parole programs provide alternative, intermediate forms of community-based correctional supervision, allowing some offenders to serve sentences outside the traditional prison settings.

Sentenced individuals who apply for admission to the state's Intensive Supervision Programs (ISP) through the Administrative Office of the Courts may obtain representation through the NJOPD's ISP Office for hearings on possible admission and/or possible termination from such programs.

Individuals convicted of homicide, robbery, sex offenses or first-degree offenses are not eligible for ISP. Most other offenders may apply for consideration.  The most common forms of community-based supervision involve personal and telephonic contact between special Department of Corrections Officers and offenders. In some instances, participants are required to wear electronic monitoring devices.

The ISP program focuses on helping participants change their lives, so that they may avoid the factors that have caused their past problems.  Components of plans that participants must follow to remain in the program include curfews, community service, employment requirements and counseling for drug, alcohol and gambling problems.

NJOPD attorneys represent applicants seeking admission into ISP and also represent participants charged with violating the terms and conditions of their ISP community-based supervision.  Violations that are substantiated may result in returning violators of ISP conditions to traditional prison settings to serve out the balance of their sentences.  

The current Director of the NJOPD's ISP Office is Deputy Public Defender Larry Bembry, who also serves as the Director of the NJOPD's Statewide Drug Court Unit.