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New Jersey Inmate Search

The state of New Jersey inmate search records contains information on an incarcerated person in state prison or jail. An offender’s public record may include personal information such as the incarcerated person’s full name, date of birth, gender, and housing facilities. However, there is also an official inmate record which comprises of criminal record, arrest record and arrest warrant, court dates, mugshots, and more. In accordance with the United States (US) law, the public is able to obtain all or some of this information based on their authority.

How do I find an inmate in New Jersey?

New Jersey inmate search can be done through the New Jersey Department of Corrections (DOC) website, which provides an online search tool to locate the inmate’s current facility as well as their records. This feature can filter through all the facilities run by the Department of corrections and provide records on current inmates, individual releases within the last one year, and parolee whose mandatory parole supervision date was within a year.

To utilize the tool, the user will need to provide basic information about an inmate such as their name and/or state identification (SBI) number. To help narrow down the search result, individuals may provide other indicators such as date of birth, sex, race, eye color, hair color, age, current housing facility, or county of commitment.

Where are New Jersey inmates housed?

New Jersey inmates are housed in the correctional facilities run by the state Department of Corrections. The NJ DOC facility structure consists of seven men’s prisons, one women’s prison, three youth correctional institutions, one sex offender facility, and a central inmate intake and assignment unit. On the New Jersey DOC website, they provide users with a complete list of state prisons, which include the facility’s address, contact information, and description.

New Jersey County Jail

Aside from state-run correctional facilities, New Jersey also have county jails and city jails operated by the local law enforcement agencies. Each county in New Jersey have their own jail, the information on these facilities can be obtained from the jail list prepared on the New Jersey DOC website. The list will provide users with information regarding the county detention center, such as an address, contact info, website, jail records, and wardens. Some county jails are known in New Jersey for detaining a large number of inmates, for instance:

 Camden County Jail

This correctional facility is located in the city of Camden, New Jersey, and houses both male inmates and female inmates. The county jail, managed by the Camden Sheriff’s Office, has a total capacity of 1267 people and has an average daily inmate population of 1,000 detainees.

Essex County Jail

The Essex County Correctional Facility (ICE) is well-known for having a large jail inmate capacity of almost 2,000  people, with an average inmate population of approximately 1,300 a day. The county Sheriff’s Office runs this jail while supervised by Sheriff Armando B. Fontoura.

Hudson County Jail

Located in the city of Kearny, New Jersey, this correctional facility is managed by Hudson Sheriff’s Office with direct supervision of Sheriff Frank X. Schiller. The Hudson County Jail has a daily inmate average of 1,000 people consisting of both male inmates and female inmates.

How do you contact an inmate in New Jersey?

Mail

Friends and family of an inmate may stay in touch with them by sending letters via mail. Both parties must be obliged with the rules and guidelines prepared by the institution to prevent the mail from being rejected. All incoming and outgoing mail will be opened, read, and inspected as required by the DOC to uphold the security of the prison. There is an exception for legal mails, where it may only be opened and inspected (not read) in the presence of the receiving inmate. Individuals sending letters to an inmate must always include their full name and return address at the top left corner of the envelope. The failure to comply with the rules will result in mail being delivered back or rejected. The address format when sending mail to a prisoner is as follow:

Inmate Name, SBI Number, State Number, Housing Unit (if known)

Facility Name

  1. O. Box or Street Address

City, State, Zip Code

Phone Call

Inmates can contact individuals outside of the facility as long as the person is listed in their call list. Adding someone on the call list will be the responsibility of the prisoners to request to the facility staff in charge. The phone call service used by New Jersey prison is Global Tel* Link (GTL), also known as the OffenderConnect, which offer three option for an inmate to make outgoing calls. The options are as follow:

  1. Collect calls – Charged to the person receiving calls from an inmate
  2. Debit calls – Paid by an inmate through their fund account
  3. Advance pay calls – The party receiving calls will need to set up an account with GTL and fund the calls.

If a person has a question about the phone service or wants to set up an account with GTL, they are welcomed to contact GTL at the number 1-800-483-8314 or by visiting the website GTL.net.

 How to contact the New Jersey Department of Corrections?

The New Jersey Department of Corrections can be contacted through the following:

Address:

Whittlesey Road

  1. O. Box 863

Trenton, NJ 08625

Phone Number: 609-292-4036

Fax Number: 609-292-9083

NJ DOC Email

How do you find out the release date of an inmate in New Jersey?

By using the inmate locator function on the New Jersey department of corrections, users may access the prison record of an inmate and obtain the release date of the prisoner. However, if the tool does not show the desired result, individuals may opt to contact the facility housing the inmate and request for the offender records directly.

Can I send a care package to an inmate in New Jersey?

Individuals are strictly prohibited to send care packages to an inmate directly by mail. Any items besides letters or photos sent via mail without authorization from the facility warden will be labeled as contraband and may result in security measures.

If individual wishes to send extra food, snacks, and other items, the person may contact an approved third-party vendor to order the items to be sent to the inmate. A different institution may have different or additional vendors for sending care packages to an inmate, therefore individuals should contact the prisoner’s facility to check the vendor’s status before putting in any order.

What can you send inmates in New Jersey prisons?

Sending mail to an inmate in New Jersey

All inmates housed in state-run prisons have mailing privileges to help them keep in touch with their loved ones. Currently, there are no limits on how many mails an inmate can receive or send, however, the inmate will need to purchase postage stamps from the commissary by themselves, and are limited to have only 80 stamps in their possession at a time. Letters sent to an inmate must not contain any sexual implications, violent content, dangerous instructions, coding languages, or other content that might jeopardize the safety of the facility.

Prisoners are also allowed to receive photos by mail; however, all pictures must be non-polaroid and non-instant, with a size of 4”x6”. Photographs sent may not contain nudity, sexually implied images, violent and triggering images, hand gestures, tattoos, or coded pictures. Any photos that violate the policies, will be confiscated and may lead to security action.

Sending money to an inmate in New Jersey

All prisoners currently under incarceration in any of the state prisons are provided with their own commissary account that enables them to buy extra pre-approved items from the prison’s commissary. Friends and family can send money to the inmate’s account as an alternative to sending the items themselves. In order to proceed with the money deposit, the sender will need to know a little information about inmates such as their name and identification number. With this information, an individual can send money in four ways:

Walk-In

For the walk-in option, an individual can deposit funds in any MoneyGram location, inclusive of Walmart and CVS, and use the received code 1233. This method helps individuals to transfer funds with cash at a fee of $8.95 per transaction.

Internet

An individual may deposit money to an inmate’s account by using Jpay.com internet service. This transaction uses a debit card or credit card to transfer funds and will be charged a certain fee depending on how much money was transferred.

JPAY also provides an option to transfer money online via their mobile application which is made available on both iPhone users and Android users. Each transaction will be charged a certain fee.

Phone Calls

Fund deposit over the phone is also available using a JPAY service at the line 1-800-574-5729. This transaction also uses debit or credit cards to transfer money along with certain fee charges depending on the transferred amount.

Mail

The cheapest way to send money to an inmate is via mail using a United States Postal Money Order made payable to “JPAY”. The individual will need to include the inmate’s full name and ID number in the memo field of the money order, then complete the New Jersey inmate money order deposit slip.

Both money order and deposit slip will need to be mailed at the following address:

JPAY

  1. O. Box 170770

Hialeah, FL 33017

How do I apply for Visitation of an inmate in New Jersey?

The New Jersey Department of Corrections has allowed each facility to set its own visitation procedures, rules and regulations, dress codes, and visitation times. All prospective visitors will need to be on the inmate’s visiting list before they are allowed to proceed with the application.

There are two types of visits in New Jersey prisons; contact visits and window visits. Visitation, however, is a privilege and not a right, therefore not all inmates are eligible for one or both of these visits. Individual needs to check the New Jersey DOC Offender Visit Restriction List, to see if an inmate is allowed to have visitors. This list will show those who are only allowed window visits and those who are allowed no visits at all.

Individuals who have been approved in the inmate’s visiting list may proceed to the New Jersey State Prison section on the DOC website to find the respective facility’s visitation handbook. All interested visitors will be required to read and comply with the visitation handbook.

What are the Visitation rules?

Since each facility are allowed to prepare their own rules and regulation, the visitation hours, and procedures may differ from one another, therefore, interested visitors need to check the inmate’s facility’s handbook for guidelines. Any questions should be directly forwarded to the facility office for further clarification

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