About ASAP

A.S.A.P was started in 2001 by Judge Barnett Hoffman, J.S.C. (ret.) who had a lengthy and distinguished career on the criminal bench in Middlesex County. Judge Hoffman recognized the scarcity of substance abuse treatment facilities for men and women who were incarcerated; many criminal defendants appeared before him on non-violent crimes and asked for treatment. Many had long drug histories but had never had any form of treatment. Judge Hoffman partnered with Ed Mann, a dedicated drug counselor from University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey-University Behavioral Healthcare (U.M.D.N.J.-U.B.H.C.) and the concept of a treatment program within the County jail was conceived. Dead time was turned into productive time. With the support of jail staff and County officials, A.S.A.P. has been in existence since October of 2001. Inmates apply to the program; jail staff review their criminal histories and clear them for acceptance; A.S.A.P. clinical staff meet with each applicant and determine their need and amenability for treatment. Male inmates live together in a designated “pod” while female inmates are housed within the one female unit.

A.S.A.P. is a peer run, clinical program. U.M.D.N.J.-U.B.H.C. supplies two trained clinicians whose offices are in the A.S.A.P. pod; individual and group sessions are held daily and the participants also run their own groups. The Friends of A.S.A.P. supplies volunteers and teaching staff for the program; G.E.D. classes, non-violent communication classes, meditation and other types of programs are held on a regular basis. AA/NA meetings are held regularly.

A.S.A.P. is a voluntary three month program. Participants graduate from the program and treatment recommendations are made. Regular communication takes place between A.S.A.P. staff and the participants’ attorneys and the court. No promises are made to any participants regarding his/her criminal case. Each must be motivated to enter A.S.A.P. to begin the process of recovery. But, in many cases, successful participation in A.S.A.P. has led to positive outcomes in a participant’s criminal case with probation and additional drug treatment as a sentence. A.S.A.P. is able to accommodate twenty male participants and ten female participants.