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Press Release
For Immediate Release:
August 21, 2001
Sharon Lauchaire

Juvenile Justice Commission Appoints New Superintendent
- Hendrix, of Trenton, to lead Albert Elias Residential Group Center -

TRENTON - The Juvenile Justice Commission's Executive Board recently named Cleophus Hendrix, III, a resident of Trenton, as superintendent of the Albert Elias Residential Group Center located in Hopewell Township.

"The Juvenile Justice Commission is pleased to welcome Cleophus Hendrix as the superintendent of the Albert Alias Residential Group Center," said Bruce Stout, Executive Director of the Juvenile Justice Commission. "In his nearly five years with the Commission, he has demonstrated his commitment to the troubled youth of this state. Under his leadership, the Albert Elias Residential Group Center will continue its mission to increase public safety and prepare juveniles to return to their communities as active and law-abiding members of society."

Hendrix is a graduate of Kean University where he obtained his bachelor of arts degree in Public Administration and Criminal Justice. He has also worked as a therapy program assistant at Forensic Psychiatric Hospital, now known as the Trenton Psychiatric Hospital.

Albert Elias Residential Group Center is a 20-bed residential program located in Mercer County that serves male juvenile offenders ranging from 13 to 16 years of age. The program intercedes in the emotional, social and academic areas of the juveniles' lives through individual treatment plans that address their specific weaknesses.

The center is located on the estate of Charles Lindbergh, the site of the infamous kidnapping. The residents are utilized as tour guides after completing training on the building's history. The youth are also responsible for the historic maintenance of the house that the Lindbergh family deeded to the State of New Jersey.

The Juvenile Justice Commission provides a continuum of services to juvenile offenders including six secure facilities and 22 community programs. Sixteen of the 22 community programs are residential group centers that typically deal with lower level offenders and prepare them to return to their communities at the completion of their sentences. Residents attend year round education and vocational programs and participate in community service projects and recreation. Juveniles are supervised by trained staff at all times.

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