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New Jersey Inmate Records

New Jersey inmate records contain official information on individuals booked into or incarcerated in prisons and jails in New Jersey. These records include the personal and administrative information of inmates. Personal inmate records are identifying information such as name, age, sex, inmate number, and mugshot. Jails and prisons also keep information describing inmates’ arrival, stay, and release. These records contain details of each inmate’s offense, security risk, transfer, incarceration, and release. While most personal and administrative inmate records are publicly available per the New Jersey Open Public Record Act, correctional facilities restrict access to others, such as inmates’ health records.

Inmate records are considered public in the United States and therefore are made available by both traditional governmental agencies as well as third-party websites and organizations. Third-party websites may offer an easier search, as these services do not face geographical limitations. However, because third-party sites are not government-sponsored, the information obtained through them may vary from official channels. To find inmate records using third-party aggregate sites, requesting parties must provide:

  • The location of the sought-after record, including state, county, and city where the inmate resides.
  • The name of the person listed in the record, unless it is a juvenile.

Facilities Operated by the New Jersey Department of Corrections

The New Jersey Department of Corrections (NJDOC) oversees the operations of state prisons. It currently manages 13 correctional facilities, including seven men’s prisons, one women’s prison, three youth correctional facilities, one facility for sex offenders, and a central inmate intake and assignment unit. The NJDOC provides a complete list of New Jersey State Prisons on its website, including their contact information and descriptions.

Besides state-run correctional facilities, New Jersey also has county jails. There are 21 county jails in the state, one for each county. Check the complete list of New Jersey County Jails to find the addresses, websites, wardens’ contact information, and phone numbers of these detention facilities. County jails are operated by County Departments/Divisions of Corrections in New Jersey. These departments are under county governments or their Departments of Public Safety. In a few cases, Sheriff’s Offices/Departments oversee the operations of county jails.

How Do I Send Money to an Inmate in New Jersey?

State prisons under the administration of NJDOC no longer receive money orders on behalf of inmates. The state’s Department of Corrections contracts inmate fund transfers to JPay. Persons who wish to fund an inmate’s account must send the money through this payment processor.

The five ways to send money to inmates in New Jersey prisons through JPay are:

  • Money order deposits
  • Cash deposits at designated locations
  • Credit/debit card deposits over the phone
  • Credit/debit card deposits at
  • Fund transfer via JPay mobile apps

When sending a money order to an inmate in a New Jersey state prison, mail along with a deposit form (Spanish version) to:

P.O. Box 170770
Hialeah, FL 33017

JPay does not charge a processing fee for funds sent by money order. Cash deposits through JPay are accepted at designated locations found on the JPay website. These locations include CVS pharmacies and Walmart stores. When completing the form, provide the following receive code: 1233.

To send money by phone, call (800) 574-5729 to speak to a live agent. This JPay’s toll-free line is always available. You can also visit JPay to transfer funds via credit/debit cards. This is the fastest way to send money to an inmate in New Jersey. Lastly, friends and family can send money to New Jersey prison inmates via JPay Mobile. This mobile app is available for iPhones and Android smartphones.

New Jersey county jails have separate rules for sending money to inmates in their facilities. Visit the county jail page on the county’s or Sheriff’s Office’s website to find information about funding inmates’ commissary accounts. County jails usually offer multiple options and may use other fund transfer services besides JPay. In most cases, they accept money orders sent by mail and provide kiosks in their lobbies for onsite deposits. They also offer online and phone deposit options through third-party payment processors.

How to Visit an Inmate in a New Jersey Prison or Jail?

The NJDOC allows each of its facilities to set their own visitation rules and regulations, including schedules, eligible visitors, and visitation times. To visit an inmate in a New Jersey state prison, first read the facility’s visitation handbook. You can check the prison lookup tool on the New Jersey State Prisons section of the NJDOC’s website.

New Jersey state prisons allow two kinds of visits: contact and window visits. Not all inmates are eligible for one or both of these visits. To see if the inmate you intend to visit is allowed to see visitors, check the prison lookup tool offender visit restriction list. Here you can find inmates allowed only window visits and those allowed no visits.

Each New Jersey county jail has its own set of rules and regulations for inmate visitation. Visit the corrections section of the website of the county government or Sheriff’s Office where the jail is situated to find this information.

How to Perform a New Jersey Prison Inmate Search

The NJDOC provides an inmate lookup for locating inmates held in the state prisons. New Jersey prison inmate search provides results for currently incarcerated inmates and those released within the last year. Members of the public can also find parolee records using this search tool. New Jersey law also mandates that the NJDOC maintain the records of parolees for a year after the expiration of their mandatory parole supervision dates.

Using the inmate locator tool, you can search for individuals in New Jersey prisons and correctional facilities by name and SBI (state identification) Number. Other available parameters to narrow your search include the date of birth, sex, race, eye color, hair color, age, current correctional facility location, and county of commitment. The search result will provide personal and administrative records of inmates and include their photos to make identification easier. While it is not certain that this search will not attract some costs, it may be possible to do a free inmate search by name. The implication of a free search is the unavailability of other vital information that may be needed.

How to Perform a New Jersey Jail Inmate Search

Some county jails provide inmate search tools in New Jersey online. To see if the county jail of interest provides this tool, visit the county website and navigate to the corrections sections. For a county jail, a requester can visit the Sheriff’s Office to learn how to find out if someone is in jail. Such requesters can visit the website of this local law enforcement agency to find an inmate search tool that helps find a person in jail. If a county jail does not provide an online inmate locator, an interested person can enquire about an inmate in the facility by visiting or calling the jail using the contact information provided in the list of New Jersey county jails.

The Difference between New Jersey State Prisons and County Jail

New Jersey state prisons and county jails are operated by the New Jersey Department of Corrections and the county sheriff's office, respectively. Inmates in these facilities are typically serving sentences of one year or more. However, some inmates may be awaiting trial or sentencing, or they may be serving time for a crime that is not considered serious enough to warrant a prison sentence.

The conditions in New Jersey state prisons and county jails can vary widely. However, some facilities are well-run and provide inmates with adequate food, shelter, and medical care. Inmates in these facilities often have access to adequate education or job training programs.

New Jersey state prisons and county jails are not the only options for incarcerated individuals in the state. There are also federal prisons, which are operated by the Federal Bureau of Prisons, and private prisons, which are run by for-profit companies. Inmates in these facilities typically have longer sentences than those in state prisons and county jails.

How Do I Find Out an Inmate Release Date?

Inmate release date is among the information available for public perusal when a person performs a New Jersey inmate search. However, the record custodian may restrict public access to the month and year of release, especially if making the information public puts the inmate at risk. In such cases, only the inmate’s immediate family members, crime victims, and attorneys, and authorized government officials may obtain the exact release date. Eligible persons may visit or call the prison administrative staff to find out.

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Criminal Record

Criminal Record

  • There were over 1,240,000 reported violent crimes in the United States in 2017.
  • Between 2006 and 2010, approximately 3.4 million violent crimes went unreported.
  • Around 73 million (29.5%) of Americans have criminal records, many of which are eligible for sealing or expungement.
  • There were nearly 7.7 million property crimes in the United States in 2017. This represents a 3.6% decrease from the previous year.
  • Some newspapers have reported the cost of a public record can cost between $5 and $399,000.
  • In 2017, there were 1,920 presidential pardon requests. Of those, 142 were granted.