While pursuing his Bachelors in Sociology, Harvey M. Goldstein became intrigued with a course in Criminology. This fascination was enhanced by studying reports on juvenile delinquency and other anti-social behaviors. Soon, an intellectual passion developed, which ultimately led to him earning a Masters Degree in Criminal Justice from the State University of New York at Albany.
He began his career in New Jersey in 1972 as a Research Associate with the National Council on Crime and Delinquency. Over the next 25 years, he was rewarded for his outstanding performance as he worked his way up the probation hierarchy. He attained positions under the New Jersey Probation Services Division of the Administrative Office of the Courts, as Assistant Chief, Acting Chief, Chief of Probation Services, and Assistant Director for Probation.
Since 1997, Mr. Goldstein has been the Director of the New Jersey Intensive Supervision Program. The Intensive Supervision Program began in 1983 and is designed to reduce prison overcrowding and provide an intensive rehabilitative option to parole for those offenders regarded as worthy of serving the balance of their state prison sentence within the community. Admittance to the program is determined after an in-depth assessment report process. The ISP Resentencing Panel is comprised of a panel of three Judges who determine which offenders meet the ISP criteria; the decision must be unanimous. As of December 31, 2011, a total of 18,406 participants had been supervised on ISP.
During his administration of the program, he has led two expansions of ISP in NJ. He is responsible for six regional offices throughout the state, a $14 million dollar budget and 150 employees, who have supervised over 7,300 offenders in that span. Currently, approximately 90 ISP Officers work within the six regional offices, supervising 1,487 active participants. The recidivism rate of ISP graduates is only 16.9%, making it one of the most successful programs of its kind in the country.
There is no typical day for Harvey Goldstein, who often accompanies ISP Officers into the field as they conduct supervision of their caseloads. This includes making surprise curfew checks, inspecting journals and budget forms, and conducting breathalyzer and urinalysis tests.
Harvey states, “The most rewarding aspect of my job is the excellent staff I have and the major accomplishments of ISP participants getting jobs, paying victim restitution, contributing to community service, paying child support, and changing their lives.”
Among his many accomplishments, Mr. Goldstein is a former President of APPA and Chairman of the APPA Board of Directors. He is a recipient of the APPA Walter Dunbar Memorial Award and the APPA Joe Kegans Award for Victim Services. When asked to advise new people in the field of probation and parole, Mr. Goldstein said, “Get as much education as you possibly can, and seek your own rewards from your performance and you will succeed.”